On a cold foggy night, Mary Jane Kelly seeks after-hours refuge in the Ten Bells Pub. She’s behind in her rent, she’s lost her key, she’s alone, and it’s 1888 – a bad time to be poor and “unfortunate” on the streets of London, where one of history’s most notorious serial killers is at work.
When she discovers a lone stranger drinking in the closed pub, Mary sees an opportunity to turn her situation around, embarking on a desperate attempt to sell her story rather than herself.
Winner of the Gloria Ann Peter and Susan Glaspell playwriting awards, Aoise Stratford’s THE UNFORTUNATES is a rich and riveting exploration of an unforgettable moment in time, and a woman who deserves to be remembered for much more than her death.
Set in the infamous Ten Bells Pub in London’s Whitechapel district, our scenic design employs a simple but effective array of café tables, chairs, and a bar to define the playing space – which can be expanded or reduced as needed to accommodate almost any size performance area.
With one act, one actor, no costume changes, and a single, size-adjustable set, the staging of THE UNFORTUNATES makes it highly flexible to suit any space – from proscenium, black box, or thrust theaters, to open-plan event venues and presentation rooms.