ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf

Marvellous Machine Theatre Company present:

Virginia Woolf’s
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Sunday 12 to Monday 13 May 2019

The Warren, Brighton Fringe Festival

Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 May 2019

The Old Fire Station, Oxford

“I’m sick of this particular self. I want another”

Orlando: Poet. Lover. Adventurer. After an evening’s encounter with a traveller woman, Orlando is transformed forever.

Following the sell-out The Tiger’s Bride, Marvellous Machine Theatre Company return, using live music, comedy, drag, and movement to bring to life this high-spirited romp through history from the court of Queen Elizabeth I to 20th Century London via Constantinople and the high seas.

Director, Lou Corben on making ORLANDO: https://marvellousmachine.com/making-orlando/


“a masterful adaptation… a splendid piece of theatre”Daily Info

“succeeds in teasing out provocations within Woolf’s story… [an] intriguing, thoughtful production.” – Newbury Weekly News

Audience comments

“Brilliant fun + thought-provoking”

“Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing”

“Words, words would not have enough impact to explain how incredible the performance was”

โ€œI’m uplifted by the whole experience – buzzing in fact!

  • ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf

Production shots by Katrin Padel and Stephen Poole, Rehearsal Photography by Henry Blyth

The Company

Ella Ashdown                       Orlando

Sam Bennett                         Archduke/duchess / Ensemble

Olivia Chappell           Marmaduke / Ensemble

Daisy Howard                       Sasha / Ensemble

Steve Walker                         Queen Elizabeth I / Ensemble


Lou Corben                          Producer / Director / LX Operator

Becki Reed                           Musical Director / Musician

Tim Hennessy                     Musical Assistant / Musician / Outreach Officer

Immy Howard                     Costume Design / Musician

Katrin Padel                          Lighting Designer / LX Operator

Jackie Nevin                         Art Design

Aileen Doherty                    Set Consultant

James Webster                     Rehearsal Assistant

Dot Matrix                             Props Assistant