Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More
'Mid-calf, navy blue day dress with pearl buttons by Victor Stiebel. Dove-grey tweed jacket and fox stole by House of Hartnell. Hat by Elsa Schiaparelli. Perfect for luncheons, jaunts around town and spying on fascists.'
Lady Pamela, fashion columnist and socialite, is recruited by MI5 to keep notes on Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, suspected to be colluding with the German Embassy. But Pamela suddenly realises that what began as an adventure has led to a deadly struggle for power in a world in the shadow of war.
After the critically acclaimed World Enough and Time by Sarah Sigal (Park Theatre 2014), Rebecca Dunn reprises her role as the beguiling Pamela More in this new piece. Writer Sarah Sigal comments, "Some characters take on a life of their own. Pamela was always very demanding. Now she has her own show. And a Twitter account. Who knows what's next?
In the depths of a darkened bomb shelter, Lady Pamela tells a tale of adventure, espionage and intrigue, of glamorous cocktail parties, socialites and high fashion. This is a world where the news is filled with reports of economic crises, authoritarian governments and refugees fleeing war-torn countries.
Following previews at Theatre 503 in London, the show had a hugely successful run at The Underbelly, Edinburgh in August 2016. It then returned south for performances at JW3, The Fireside Festival, The Brighton Fringe Festival and Drayton Arms Theatre, before setting of on tour in the North of England. Now booking for 2018, Lady Pamela will be continuing her tour in the Spring in the West Country and beyond!
★★★★★ West End Wilma
"Rebecca Dunn is nothing short of superb"
"Excellent pastiche of spy serials... A must see show"
★★★★ London Pub Theatres
"Passionate and unapologetic...Sarah Sigal cleverly uses an unlikely hero to show us just how easily the human race goes to war and the parallels between now and then leave you with a chill when you leave the safety of the theatre."
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
"Agent of Influence is a fine pot-boiler of a story and Rebecca Dunn is wonderful as More, looking for all the world like a young Patricia Routledge."
★★★★ Breaking The Fourth Wall
"Sometimes events in the present can be seen more clearly through the prism of the past."
★★★★ The List
"Dunn's phenomenal acting skills still make for a strong and entertaining show, especially when combined with the fantastic writing. The parallels with the current political situation in Europe are obvious but subtly acknowledged, and a powerful, emotional conclusion very nicely wraps up an otherwise action-packed storyline."
★★★★ Fest Mag
"Seamed stockings, spies and dinner at the embassy: there's an unapologetic glamour to Sarah Sigal's one-person play, which trips through the highest social echelons of pre-war London ... a little jewel of a period drama."
★★★★ UK Theatre Web
"What an absolute hoot of a show. Funny and clever, beautifully acted, well paced and sharply written. A genuinely funny piece delivered with great panache."
★★★★ Mumble Theatre
"A fresh script for an 80 year-old story."
Highly Recommended Show - Fringe Review
"Lively, beautifully crafted writing performed by a sizzling storyteller ... It might be an historical story but Lady Pamela's conclusion 'there is a danger in taking peace for granted' is bang up to date."
Theatre 503 - 30th - 31st July 2016
Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival - 4th - 28th August 2016
JW3 - 9th October 2016
The Fireside Festival, Baldock - 3rd March 2017
The Warren: Theatre Box, The Brighton Fringe Festival - 25th - 29th May 2017
Drayton Arms Theate - 5th - 23rd September 2017
Northern Tour - 5th - 15th October 2017
JW3 - 5th December 2017
West Country Tour - 3rd - 10th March 2018