The Family of Love

Thomas MIDDLETON (1580 - 1627) and Thomas DEKKER (c.1572 - 1632) and Lording BARRY (1580 - 1629)

The Family of Love is an early Jacobean city comedy, first published in 1608. Published anonymously, the play was long attributed to Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, although more recent scholarship suggests that Lording Barry may be the sole author. The play satirises the supposed sexual lasciviousness of the Familia Caritatis or "Family of Love," the religious sect founded by Henry Nicholis in the 16th century.

Maria is in love with Gerardine but her uncle, Glister the physician, opposes the match. Gerardine pretends to depart for a long ocean voyage, leaving a trunk containing his earthly possessions to Maria, but when Maria opens the trunk she finds Gerardine inside. Meanwhile, Glister cheats on his wife with the Familist wife of Purge the apothecary. Two dim-witted gallants, Gudgeon and Lipsalve, try to bed every woman they meet and want nothing more than to gain access to the secretive Familist Meeting House, which rumor has it is a bastion of free-love. With the help of Dryfat the merchant and Club the apprentice, Gerardine stages a mock trial with the intention of teaching everyone a lesson. - Summary by Wikipedia and Rob Board.

Cast Narrator: David Lawrence
Gerardine: Tomas Peter
Maria: Khand
Glister: Hamlet
Mistress Glister: Sonia
Mistress Purge: Leanne Yau
Purge: alanmapstone
Lipsalve: Rob Board
Gudgeon: Andrew Utley
Dryfat: Peter Tucker
Club: ToddHW
Shrimp: ScarlettG
Periwinkle: Stoofy
Vial: Nemo
Within: Sandra Schmit
Edited by: Rob Board

Genre(s): Satire

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Dramatis Personae 00:01:20
Play 02 Act 1 Group 00:26:13
Play 03 Act 2 Group 00:26:11
Play 04 Act 3 Group 00:29:34
Play 05 Act 4 Group 00:34:12
Play 06 Act 5 Group 00:40:19