Dublin Institute of Technology student Sarah Jane Woods from Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon, played the role of ‘Girl, Belvile’s servant’ in the graduate production of The Rover by Aphra Behn which was held in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College last weekend.
It was previewed on International Women’s Day to reignite the voice of female playwright Aphra Behn. Sarah is studying a BA Drama (Performance).
In Aphra Behn’s The Rover, it’s carnival time in the Mediterranean. Three strong-willed Spanish women disguise themselves in search of desirable men. They happen upon three lusty English cavaliers. When a famous Italian courtesan arrives in town, female and male desires converge in an explosion of love, deception and intrigue.
Aphra Behn – poet, novelist and spy – was not only one of the first professional female playwrights but also the most successful playwright of Restoration England, celebrating female desire with wit and bawdy humour. She was nearly written out of history but the 20th century returned Behn to the canon of great theatre and literature.