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A Harlot’s Progress in Cathedral Square

London SE1 website team

Approaching Cathedral Square you might be propositioned by a drunken and dishevelled young female.

She will be trying to entice you to attend a performance of A Harlot's Progress which takes place behind a washing line in the square.

The 45-minute X rated play is by Daniel Whelan who has been inspired by Hogarth's Harlot's Progress recently displayed at Tate Britain along with his Southwark Fair.

So these whores are not Bankside's 'geese' for the Thief Taker tells us that the play is set in George II's reign. Kirsty Stuart is a lively Moll Hackabout who soon takes to being a mistress and has enough money to buy her way out of the Bridewell. Leila Raoufi as Mother Baggageblowes is the co-star.

Mark Fitzgerald plays the wealthy but very different roles of Lord and knight. The ringmaster who keeps the audience looking and moving in the right direction is Thief Taker and bogus parson David Carvana.

This play produced by Cassie Raine is well-acted by a cast which was tested on the opening night by the unseasonal rain and cold.

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