The Convent

A Production by The Angles Theatre

The Convent

Thu 14th Jul 2022

Running time

2 hours (plus interval) minutes




RATz Theatre Company present 'The Convent' by Jessica Dickey.

The Convent is a toothy dark comedy about desire, devotion, and the mystery of intrinsic divinity.

Whether it’s Claire of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, or Madonna of pop stardom, the women of Jessica Dickey’s The Convent aren’t praying to idols; rather they’re inhabiting them in all their fierce, feminine glory.

Every woman who checks into the convent is on a quest for inner peace, and the sage Mother Abbess convinces them that medieval robes, mild hallucinogens, and communion with specially assigned ancient mystics called Nomens could be the key to unlocking it.

As their issues start to converge, amid much agony and ecstasy (the mountain air is at least good for the libido), provocative ideas get raised.

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Lorraine Carver
Lorraine Carver

Mother Abbess

Lorraine has been involved in a variety of productions in Wisbech, Kings Lynn, West Acre and North Norfolk which include plays, musicals, opera, song shows and living history drama projects. Lorraine has been a key member of the Angles Theatre for many years and was a founding member of Ratzcool teaching musical theatre and singing. 

Some of her favourite roles have included Geraldine in Vicar of Dibley, Serafina in His Dark Materials, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Polina in The Seagull, Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, Dolly in One Man Two Guvnor, and being part of Spring Awakening, Our House and Hairspray here at the Angles Theatre. 

Lorraine dedicates her performance to her beautiful Eden. 

"Let nothing frighten you." 

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Natalia Beare
Natalia Beare


Natalia has been performing in shows for over 20 years, taking on a variety of roles in musicals and plays. Having been dancing from the age of 3 and performing on stage since she was 7, the theatre has always been a massive part of her life. 

Some of her favourite roles have included Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Eve in Children of Eden, and Pinocchio in Shrek The Musical. 

Natalia dedicates her performance to "the Husband." 

"I want to be my own." 

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Emma Small
Emma Small


Emma has been performing from the age of 5 and has been involved in theatre and music ever since. Some of her favourite roles have included the Witch in Into The Woods, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and Martha in Spring Awakening. 

Emma dedicates her performance to all the women that have lost themselves to trauma. To the mothers and daughters that haven't felt good enough for each other. To the women that have lost their mothers. To the women who have loved others' children like their own. To the women that chose not to be mothers and the women who didn't have a choice. To the stay at home mums. To the mums that work to provide for their children and the mums that work just to keep a little piece of their own identity. To the women who have searched for acceptance in another and never felt loved in the way they love. To the cycle breakers and the women who chose to love themselves even when it's hard. 

"Maybe the world is one big, beautiful mom." 

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Harriet Kember-Whitfield
Harriet Kember-Whitfield


Harriet studied Acting, Drama and English at The University of Greenwich and decided to become a teacher qualifying in teaching English and Drama in 2014. Harriet missed acting though and joined the Wisbech Players in 2016 and the RATz Theatre Company shortly after. 

Some of her favourite roles have included Ketch Freeman in Our Country's Good, Nora in A Doll's House and Bobby in The Railway Children. 

Harriet dedicates her performance to Adele Norris. A fiercely strong woman who holds up other women, always. 

"I want a pair of red shoes that are sexy but good for long walks." 

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Laura-Jayne Cook
Laura-Jayne Cook


Laura-Jayne has been dancing and performing since the age of 3 and went on to train in dance and musical theatre. She now owns and teaches at her own dance school - LJ’s Dance Academy and has performed in many productions over the years. 

Some of her favourite roles have included Nancy in Oliver!, Kate Monster in Avenue Q and Deloris in Sister Act. 

Laura-Jayne dedicates her performance to the women she's performing with, and to Jamie for encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone. 

"Well that was intense, intense, intense intense." 

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Danielle Shippey
Danielle Shippey


Danielle has been performing since she started ballet at the age of 4. She regularly choreographs for shows and is a teacher at both Ratzcool and Katy Lilley's School of Dance. 

Some of her favourite roles have included Eliza in My Fair Lady, Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio and being part of Rock of Ages at the Angles Theatre. 

Danielle dedicates her performance to her mum. 

"God is a mother." 

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Lizzie Bryant
Lizzie Bryant


Lizzie has just finished studying HND in musical theatre at Eastern School of Performing Arts and has been performing at the Angles Theatre for 12 years, playing a verity of roles in youth theatre and pantomime. Some of her favourite roles have included Grizabella in Cats and Roxie Heart in Chicago. Coming from a predominantly Musical Theatre background, this year Lizzie has found herself invested in plays and is absolutely loving it! 

Lizzie dedicates her performance to Lesley Mardle, someone who she has always looked up to and who was one of her main inspirations into the world of play acting. 

"I didn’t." 

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