Alice Gestus

Alice, the most socially ambiguous figure in the text, was understood as being at the bottom of the social ladder in this play. This didn’t mean, however, that she was in some way passive or apologetic in the production. She often performed with warmth, openness, and positivity. She has a confidence born of her attitude to life in which she travels light and tries to make her own decisions:


She is also no fool and is wont to question situations, even when they are beyond her control:



Yet she is also put upon, and this defensive posture retains a certain strength; there is defiance and anger here, too:



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David Barnett
Professor of Theatre
University of York