Bute to play host to The Baroness

Mount Stuart's Marble Hall will host Dogstar Theatre's touring production of The Baroness on Saturday, September 7.
Mount Stuart's Marble Hall will host Dogstar Theatre's touring production of The Baroness on Saturday, September 7.

Former EastEnders actress Roberta Taylor takes to the stage on Bute next month as the Dogstar Theatre Company’s production of The Baroness visits the island.

Taylor, well known for her long-running role in The Bill as Inspector Gina Gold as well as her portrayal of Irene Raymond on the streets of Walford, fills the title role in Thor Bjorn Krebs’ play, translated by Kim Dabaek, which will be performed in the Marble Hall at Mount Stuart on Saturday, September 7 at 7.30pm.

Taylor, one of Britain’s most talented actresses, is joined by Ewan Donald as Thorkild Bjørnvig and Romana Abercromby as Benedicte Jensen. The play is directed by Dogstar’s Co-Artistic Director Matthew Zajac, with music composed by Aidan O’Rourke.

The play charts the course of the relationship between Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), the celebrated writer of Out of Africa, and the poet and writer Thorkild Bjørnvig, who was 33 years Blixen’s junior when the two met in 1948.

The Baroness premiered to rave reviews at the Folketeatret in Copenhagen in 2011 and was nominated as play of the year in the 2012 Danish Theatre Awards.

Full of tension and poetry, with three tremendous acting roles, the play is inspired by anecdotes, letters and books by and about both Blixen and Bjørnvig.

Tickets, priced £15 (£12 concession) are available in advance from Mount Stuart on (01700) 503877.