A13 Acting Company and North West End LIVE! are proud to present “A Bit of French”, a series of one act rehearsed readings, none of which have, as yet, received a professional UK performance. Each play will be performed at the iconic Briton’s Protection public house in the heart of Manchester each Monday night throughout November starting at 8pm prompt. This mini festival launches on the 7th November with “Portrait of a Woman” by Michael Vinaver.


Directed by Joseph Meighan the play is set in The Court of Assizes in Paris in 1953, and tells the tale of a promiscuous medical student Sophie. Set in a series of flashbacks and real-time, it is a tagi- comedy of bloodthirsty and yet heart-warming proportions.

We are thrilled to announce casting for this 1st play which brings together 10 talented actors from across Manchester to The Briton’s Protection.


Sophie Auzanneau           Kathryn Morris

Xavier Bergeret                Harry Jackson

Cornaille                           Aidan Burgess


Dr Haudebourg                Rhys Nuttall


Francine                           Becky Myers

The President

Monsieur Auzanneau       Mark Butt

Madame Auzanneau

Madame Guibot

Dr Schlessinger                Beverley Stuart-Cole

The Public Prosecutor

Gerbier                             Ryan Clarke

Maitre Lubet                     Olivia Newhouse

Maitre Cance

Colonna                            James London


Portrait of a Woman plays at The Briton’s Protection on Monday 7th November 2016 beginning at 8pm and is a “pay what you can” performance. Seating is limited in this intimate venue so pre booking is strongly advised via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/293362