The Love of the Nightingale

FEBRUARY 14 – 24, 1996
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Director Margo Regan

In place of Director’s Notes, Ms. Regan offers her audience the following questions;

KING PANDION. Do you know this play, Tereus? 


KING PANDION. I find plays help me think. You catch a phrase, recognize a character. Perhaps this play will help us come to a decision.

The Love of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker

About the Playwright - Timberlake Wertenbaker

Award-winning playwright, Timberlake Wertenbaker was resident writer at the Royal Court in 1984 – 1985. Her plays include The Third, Case to Answer, New Anatomies, Abel’s Sister, and The Grace of Mary Traverse which won the Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award for 1985. The play Our Country’s Good won the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award in 1988, the same year Ms. Wertenbaker was awarded the Most Promising Young Playwright by the Evening Standard. She then wrote The Love of the Nightingale which won the 1989 Eileen Anderson Central TV Drama Award and Three Birds Alighting on a Field which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 1992. Wertenbaker wrote the screenplay for The Children based on the Edith Wharton novel and a BBC2 film entitled Do Not Disturb.

Director - Margo Regan

Margo Regan has performed as an actress in Montreal, Toronto, New York, San Francisco and Edmonton. In Victoria she appeared in Voices for the Focus on Women Arts Festival at Eaton’s Centre, in This is a Play for UVic/SATCo and in Lizzie Borden Took an Axe … Or did She? for City Theatre at Kaleidoscope Theatre. Margo is currently completing her sixth year teaching Acting and Voice/Speech in the Theatre Department at UVic. In 1994 Margo directed Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and in 1995, “An Evening with George Bernard Shaw” which included Overruled and Village Wooing for the Phoenix Theatres. Ms. Regan did her acting training in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, of which she is a graduate, and subsequently in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre. She has an MA in Drama from the University of Alberta.


Cast & Creative

Creative Team:

Director Margo Regan
Set Designer Samuel Whittingham
Costume Designer Mary Kerr
Assistant Costume Designer Barb Ernst
Lighting Designer Tracy Harrington
Assistant Lighting Designer Brendan Keith
Sound Designer Mike Hessler
Movement Kaz Piesowocki
Puppeteering Jennifer L. Cassady 


Procne Jennifer E. Andrews*
Philomele Meghan Ciana*
Tereus TJ Dawe*
Niobe Kathleen Goodin*
Captain Michael Rinaldi*
Itys Michelle Monteith
Hero/Phaedra Ida Ripley*
Iris/Aphrodite Leigh Hibberson
June/The Queen Bernadette McKelvey*
Echo/Female Chorus (in Phaedra) & the servant Jana Demsey
Helen/Nurse (in Phaedra) Victoria Honour
Male Chorus/First Soldier Nika Berry
Male Chorus/Second Soldier & Theseus Lance Woolard
Male Chorus/King Pandion Om Mogerman
Male Chorus/Hippolytus Pablo Felices-Luna
Male Chorus/Male Chorus (in Phaedra) Gordon Fitt

 *fourth year acting students