Old English: A borrowing from the French

Cunning / Wise / Ingenious / Elaborate / Fine / Gracious / Curious / Remarkable / Mysterious

~ The Precious Thing ~


Queynte Laydies are a playwriting duo who tell historical stories for a contemporary world. We want to celebrate the lives of the sex unrecorded in history and write the narratives still missing in British theatre today.

Our accessible and entertaining work has toured the UK and Europe, combining well-researched history with inventive playfulness. 

We are committed to representing female voices, regional voices and diversity on stage. We want our passion for the past to help shape unfolding history.

Through imagining and connecting with the lives of women in the past, we refresh and enliven their stories for a generation clamouring to know what women have really been doing, thinking and saying all these years…


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Sarah Anson

Sarah read English at Oxford, where she first encountered Margery Kempe and her love of all things Medieval. Playwriting credits with Máirín include Lady Percy and Marge & Jules (UK tour/VAULT Festival) and she has co-written comic plays Leopardess (Canal Café Theatre) and The Keepers (Corbett Theatre, Etcetera Theatre). Sarah has performed throughout the UK and abroad; TV credits include pilot drama series, Chokepoint, and she regularly contributes to podcasts as a voice actor. She has also toured the USA as an a cappella singer. Sarah is currently working on a new TV project with Máirín.


Máirín O'Hagan

Máirín studied English & Classics at Cambridge University where she wrote and performed comedy for the Cambridge Footlights, and was President of the Marlowe Society. She has written a number of comic plays including The Orphanarium of Erthing Worthing, The Footlights Pantomime The Snow Queen and Leopardess. Her recent Bereavement: The Musical was nominated for ‘Best New Musical’ and ‘Best Lyrics’ in the Musical Theatre Matters awards at the Edinburgh Festival. Her adaptation of Aristophanes The Assembly Women played at VAULT Festival in London in February 2016. Máirín also runs a film company, Barefaced Greek, which makes short films using Greek drama in the original language.

“Sarah Anson and Máirín O’Hagan are remarkable actresses. Their performance evinces both a rare sensibility to medieval texts and a capacity to make sense of the latter for a contemporary audience… I was surprised to be immediately caught up by the intensity of their play from beginning to end. I warmly recommend it.”

Professor Guillemette Bolens, University of Geneva

“This was a powerful and deeply thoughtful performance. The difficulties of Margery’s Book were adroitly managed so that the play worked both theatrically and also as an insightful critical reading. For those people who find the text opaque or simply too alien on first reading, this performance would be an excellent route to more sympathetic understanding.”

Professor John McGavin, University of Southampton

“I thought the play was beautifully crafted, dovetailing original material from the works of both Margery and Julian to create a thoughtfully imagined account of their meeting. The play (and the accomplished performance by its authors) does have an extra interest for the already-knowledgeable, but I don’t think you have to know Marge and Jules already – the issues raised are about women’s relationships and beliefs, and have a perennial interest. I enjoyed the nice management of tone too, in the performance – it achieved an easy balance of comic and serious – a positively medieval skill, Chaucer does it too!”

Dr Diana Wyatt, Durham University


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