Mother Clap's Molly House

23 - 26 Jun

By Mark Ravenhill | Music by Matthew Scott

Mother Clap's Molly House

23 - 26 Jun

Director Philip Engleheart
Musical Director David Keefe
Movement Director Emily Holt
Set and Costume Designer Dora Schweitzer
Lighting Designer Mark Dymock
Sound Designer
Michael Livermore

Skipping between an 18th century Molly house and a group of men planning a raunchy party in 21st century Shoreditch, Mother Clap’s Molly House is a riotous celebration of the diversity of human sexuality, and a comment on the commodification of sex and love.

Performed by Mountview’s Third Year BA Performance – Musical Theatre students.

The play was first performed at the National’s Lyttleton Theatre on the 4th September 2001 and at the Aldwych Theatre on the 8th February 2002. The play was commissioned and presented in a workshop production by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in February 2000.

We don’t want to give away any spoilers for a show, but understand that some content may cause distress for audiences. If there are certain themes or content that you would find particularly upsetting, we encourage you to contact us before viewing to find out more about the show – please email

Mother Clap’s Molly House contains strong language, sexual content (including non-consensual activity), drugs, abortion and discrimination. Flashing light effects will be used.

Duration: 120 mins, plus a 20-minute interval

Show programme

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Booking Info


Closed performances for academic assessment:
Wed 23 - Sat 26 June


Backstage Theatre, Mountview

To Book

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Philip Engleheart

Philip is an artistic associate at Mountview where he directed the musical Ruthless and designed Romeo and Juliet directed by Stephen Jameson and was involved in the development of the interiors for the new Peckham site.

He is a muliti-disciplinary theatre practitioner having worked as an actor, director and predominantly as a designer.

His work covers a broad range of genres including Devised theatre, Forum theatre, New writing, Puppetry, Mask and Musicals.

He is a visiting practitioner at LAMDA, Central School of Speech and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

David Keefe

David is currently Children’s MD on Matilda the Musical.

Credits as MD include Love is Only Love (The Other Palace), The Magic Flute (Soho Theatre), Tin (Miracle Theatre) and UK premieres of Thrill Me and A Catered Affair.

Other credits include: Street Scene and The Human Comedy (Young Vic), The Woman in White (Charing Cross Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour) and Salad Days (Riverside Studios) as well as many education projects for the ROH, Holland Park and ETO.

Emily Holt

Emily’s credits include: The Suicide (Storyhouse), The Entertainer (Leicester Curve/UK tour), The Little Beasts (The Other Palace).

For The Watermill: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wipers Times (+UK tour/Arts Theatre), Trial by Laughter (+UK tour) and House and Garden. The Mr Swallow Show: The Vanishing Elephant, Houdini, Dracula! (Soho Theatre/Pleasance, Edinburgh). Screen credits: Feature Film Tolkien (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Mr Swallow TV pilot. LAMDA credits include: Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Spring Awakening, Bare and Earthquakes in London. For Mountview: Ruthless.

Dora Schweitzer

Dora trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course and has designed over 90 productions. These include the premieres of two plays written by Ian Hislop: The Wipers Times (Watermill/The Arts Leicester Square/tour) and Trial by Laughter (Watermill/national tour). Most recently she designed Stiletto Beach in rep with So Here We Are (Queens, Hornchurch). Dora designed the sets and costumes for the first five tours and West End transfer of Jenny Eclair’s Grumpy Old Women Live(Avalon).

Mark Dymock

Mark graduated from Croydon Art College and has designed numerous shows throughout the country and abroad. Credits include: Once (Regional premier tour), Ken (Terry Johnson/Hampstead), House and Garden (Watermill Theatre), Clybourne Park (Regional premiere tour), Return to the Forbidden Planet (25th Anniversary Tour), Don’t Look Now (nominated for Offie Best Lighting Design - Queen’s Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (Regional premiere tour), Michael Morpurgo’s Butterfly Lion (Kenwright), working with Willy Russell on Educating Rita, Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse) and Shirley Valentine (Royal Court Liverpool), Farm Boy, The Hired Man, Kissing Sid James (New York E59).

Michael Livermore

Mick was born in Australia and has worked as a sound designer/composer all over the world. This has included work at the BBC, National Youth Theatre, and numerous No.1 touring productions. Mick was Director of Production Arts at Mountview Academy in Wood Green for four years, having worked previously as Sound Tutor and then Head of Sound. He is very much looking forward to working at the new premises and being a part of the bright future of the Academy.