A Tale of sex, seduction and survival. Journey into the murky, sordid and dangerous depths of Brighton’s Victorian Underworld, an evocation of memories and past lives.

Betsy, a sauce box, a church bell and a woman on the edge, with mouths to feed, nobs to fleece, and blobby boys to repel. Having parted company from the St Mary’s Home for Penitent Women, she’s been given a “situation” by the knobs of the town, keeping an eye on the house of builder and land developer Thomas Kemp, lest he should return with the money he owes his creditors. It isn’t long before she meets Guardian of the Town and Chair of the Committee for the Provision of the poor, George Bintshaft. Flowers arrive. Then wine, then dresses. A carriage to take Betsy to a private supper. More wine, soft words, and then a hot wine-laden breath, urgent whisperings, fumblings at the same dress...

Performed Off-Broadway, New York City, Dec 2022
Winner: International Fringe Encore Series Award 2022
Shortlisted: Brighton Fringe International Touring Award in Association with The Pebble Trust 2022,
Shortlisted: UnBarred Best Local Artist Award, Brighton Fringe 2022
Nominated: Best Female Performer Brighton Fringe 2013 (with Rachel Guershon)
Amongst Top 5 Theatre shows Brighton Source’s Best of Brighton 2022.

Something Underground is very pleased to announce that Imogen Strachan will be playing the role of Betsy.

“I’ll show you what I’ve been hiding, for thousands of years.”

Written & Directed by Jonathan Brown

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