Stellar Quines and Marilyn Imrie present The Fair Intellectual Club by Lucy Porter
A funny, challenging, moving, true tale of teenage love, friendship and betrayal set at the dawn of the Scottish Enlightenment. Based on the story of three Edinburgh girls who formed ‘The Fair Intellectual Club’ in 1717, they recruited other young ladies aged between 15 and 19 with a view to discovering “what we might attain unto if we were as industrious to cultivate our minds as we are to adorn our bodies.” Members studied literature, science and philosophy and the only grounds for leaving the club were marriage or death.
The Fair Intellectuals took an oath to preserve the absolute secrecy of their organisation but were betrayed by an enemy within, who exposed her sisters to scandal, censure and ruin. This is a new play by award winning stand up Lucy Porter, inspired by the original notes and constitution of the club.
First presented by the Fair Intellectuals at The Assembly Rooms 1st August 2014.
"Revived by the Stellar Quines company with the original cast, Marilyn Imrie's production serves up Porter's charming treatise on self-determination with a froth that isn't afraid to show off its author's stand-up roots in a more formal setting." ★★★★ The Herald
“… howlingly funny & deeply moving piece performed by three extremely talented young women” ★★★★★ Theatre Times (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014)
"a heart-felt and nourishing play about aspiration, change and transformation – and it’ll send you out on an absolute high." ★★★★ The Scotsman (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014)
“Porter’s script is a constant delight” ★★★★ The Stage (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014)
“The Fair Intellectual Club: If the warm spirit of Dead Poets Society met Simone de Beauvoir” @edfestmag