"Sluts, all of you, with your rotten little bastards. I took you off the streets, when decent people wouldn’t look at you. God, when I think what I’ve done for you ... And this is how you repay me!”
First presented in 1951 and filmed the following year, Sylvia Rayman's Women of Twilight is a hard-hitting ‘all-women play’ in which unmarried mothers are ruthlessly exploited by an unscrupulous, baby-farming landlady. Neglected for over half a century, Rayman’s blistering drama is a real find – and still relevant today.
This revival, presented by 11F and directed by Jonathan Rigby, was first seen at the White Bear Theatre in October 2013. It returned to the same venue in January 2014 and in April transferred to the Pleasance Theatre.
"This magnificent production is now on its third run ... Jonathan Rigby deserves great credit for reviving a play that should now remain a standard in the canon of 20th century classics." The Public Reviews
"The all-female cast provide an exceptional ensemble performance of this piece. I was enthralled throughout."
"A truly great evening of theatre ... a delight to watch from start to finish." What's On London
"This play from 1951 was ripe for revival. Lovingly restored under Jonathan Rigby’s precise attention, there are fine performances throughout from the all-female cast." remotegoat
"A gripping, eminently watchable melodrama, and endlessly fascinating as it lays bare the attitudes of the 1950s." The Guardian
"Rayman’s script spares us none of the horrific details [and] Jonathan Rigby’s timely revival looks and feels absolutely authentic." The Spectator
"One of the most interesting and moving plays I have seen this year." Off-Stage Magazine
"Jonathan Rigby has struck gold by dusting down Rayman’s forgotten drama ... a beautifully balanced piece for a strong all-female ensemble." Time Out
"A remarkable rediscovery, well worth seeing." London Grip
"Its emotional force is undeniable." What's On Stage
"The strained and tense lives of these women are captured superbly by a strong cast." A Younger Theatre
"Rigby does Rayman's original intent proud ... This is a powerful and compelling revival." Views from the Gods
"The impressively large and all-female ensemble performs with crystalline precision." The Stage
"Gothic and gritty ... An excellent production, with some stellar performances." Female Arts
"One test of a great play and a great production is how they stand up to second helpings. Both Rayman’s play and this cast pass with flying colours, delivering an even bigger emotional impact ... Absolutely stunning." Atomies
Women of Twilight is presented by arrangement with Janet Glass / Eric Glass Ltd.
Photo: Tristram Kenton
Text © Jonathan Rigby 2013-17