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Local drama group offers a new look at the life of the Virgin Queen
20 Mar 20 , 2023 Monday

Local drama group offers a new look at the life of the Virgin Queen

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Swive (an archaic word for sexual intercourse) [Elizabeth] follows the life of Elizabeth I from a 15-year-old princess through to the adult queen. It focusses on those around her who had an impact on her life, from Thomas Seymour to Queen Mary Tudor, and William Cecil to Robert Dudley.

“When we think of Queen Elizabeth, we think of major key events in her life” said Gregan Davis, director of Swive [Elizabeth]. “We think of the Spanish Armada. The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots, and probably most famously we remember her as the 'Virgin Queen.' But what we don't remember is her turbulent life whilst she was a princess, the influence this had on her as she grew into the strong-willed queen history has remembered her to be, and the personal sacrifices she made, putting her country first above all else.”

“The play has certainly had its challenges” said Gregan. “With nearly 20 scenes and covering 39 years of her life, we've had to find a way to move smoothly through time and that is in no doubt thanks to our wonderful cast. The role of Elizabeth is played by two actresses who have worked incredibly hard to create a seamless performance of the role. We are also incredibly lucky to have Trouvere Medieval Minstrels joining us throughout the show to provide us with Tudor music throughout the performances.”

Swive [Elizabeth] performs at The Georgian Theatre Royal from the Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th March. Tickets costing from £14 to £17 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or online at

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society performs three plays a year, and is open to new members for both on stage and backstage roles. Monthly clubnights open to members and non-members are held at 6-8 Castle Hill, Richmond on the second Monday of the month. For further information about joining RADS, please contact Gregan on


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