The Unfortunate

Written by Ben Tanner

April 2020

Directed by Ben Tanner

AuthorBen Tanner

PlayThe Unfortunate

London, 1888. In this fast-paced, epic play, journalist Christian Lane, is sent by his unscrupulous editor to report on the latest Jack the Ripper murder. In Whitechapel's poorest streets, he meets Isobel Prater, damned, like so many Victorian women, to live the degenerate life of an 'unfortunate'.

Struck by Isobel's plight, Christian rejects the sensationalism of his newspaper to embark upon a crusade to reform Whitechapel, the darkest corner of the British Empire.

The play contains adult themes. Age restriction 12+

The Bench Production

The unfortunate Poster Image

This play will be staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


Isobel PraterLeila Millson
Mary Jane KellySophie Rowsell
Lil BlakeLaura Sheppard
Charlotte BowerCharshy Nash
Helen ShawcrossHayley Cleghorn-Blake
Frankie MulliganChris Doyle
Charles MasonVin Adams
FletcherPete Woodward
Arthur SmytheTyrone Baptiste
Christian LaneJames Andrews
Eliza May BlakeLaura Renshaw
George DuffySteven Foden
Sgt.Tom SmytheHenry Oastler
Rev. Samuel BarnettRoger Wallsgrove
Henrietta BarnettIngrid Corrigan
Billy StrawPeter Woodward
Margaret HarknessAmanda Saunders
Rosalind LaneKerrie Thirlwell
Mrs FrankLynda Saunders
Rev. PraterChris Wrein
Mrs RhoperDi Wallsgrove
Mrs FordBethany Howard
John McCarthyDavid Penrose


Director Ben Tanner
Producer David Penrose
Stage Manager David Penrose
Assistant Stage Managers Vick Martin and Kia Wilson
Lighting Design Phil Hanley
Sound Design Jacquie Penrose
Lighting Operation Phil Hanley
Sound Operation Jacquie Penrose
Set Design David Penrose and Ben Tanner
Set Construction Julie Burt-Wood
Costume Design Di Wallsgrove
Brochure and Flyer Design Dan Finch
Programme Editor Derek Callam
Front of House Sally Hartley


Production Photographs