The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies presents TALES OF FASHIONABLE LIFE, a play by Adam Perchard.

Friday 29 June 2018, 7.30PM

1812.  An Irish noblewoman loses herself in the glittering whirl of fashionable London.  To save her, and find himself, her son must go back to the old country.

2018.  A trans woman, a cis gay man, and a Muslim drag queen stand proudly on a stage.  But how did they get here?   

Sometimes the only way forward

Is back.

Pop, opera, comedy, history, tragedy, and multiple bonnets collide in this queer cabaret retelling of Maria Edgeworth’s The Absentee, starring and inspired by the lives of three of London’s most dynamic cabaret artists.  As Le Strange, Mzz Kimberley, and The Nightbus take on the multiple characters of the novel, their own twenty-first century stories of social struggle and metamorphosis unfold. 

Sponsored by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, WRoCAH and York Mansion House as part of the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Edgeworth’s birth, Adam Perchard’s debut solo-author play prances across the centuries to ask questions about prejudice & Pride, about race, gender, & queer identity, and about how many Madonna songs you can fit into a period drama.

Tickets available at:

This play takes place in partnership with the conference The Worlds of Maria Edgeworth: Networks, Influence and Reception (29-30 June).  Registration closes this Friday (15th): 

Tales of Fashionable Life

Location: York Mansion House

Admission: Ticketed event.