Play preview: The Belle’s Stratagem

On Thursday, November 13, the Brock University Centre for the Arts will be holding its first performance of Hannah Cowley’s, The Belle’s Stratagem, in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.

Angelina Colosimo (left) and Lena Hall (right) Credit: BrockTV/Brad McDonald

Angelina Colosimo (left) and Lena Hall (right) Credit: BrockTV/Brad McDonald


The play is directed by Brock Dramatic Arts instructor Gillian Raby, with the help of fourthyear student Nicolas Leno, scenographer, Kelly Wolf in addition to the rest of the mainstage production team. The play has been rewritten to reflect a more modernized version of The Belle’s Stratagem. Originally having been set in the late 1700s this adaptation is set in Rob Ford’s contemporary Toronto.

Being placed in a modern Canadian city, the play is able to mock romance, the city of Toronto as well as examine the play in a first-world setting. By doing so, the directors and cast hope to better relate to their audience and create a more provocative show than the original would have allowed given the culture in which it was written. It explores themes such as consumerism, superficiality, social media addiction and privilege.

This production has been a truly interactive show where people can scan a QR on the posters that allows them to see the designer world of the characters which have been created entirely by the cast.  This mainstage production is certain to keep you laughing and engaged; you don’t want to miss it.

The Belle’s Stratagem will be performed Nov. 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. with an 11:30 matinee performance on the 14th. General admission is $18 and $15 for students and seniors. For more information visit

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