"Left me thinking about it for days"
The Strongbox, directed by Lucy Richardson, ran at VAULT18 where it won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work and was Pick of the Festival.
80-year-old Ma and her daughter Kat keep homeless Maudie as a slave in their London home. Power starts to shift when Kat's distracted by business and Ma becomes ill. But does Maudie want freedom or control?
The Strongbox was due to headline the Perception Festival at Clapham Omnibus in late 2020. We're currently making a project with Spear which works with homeless clients, to be part of a socially-distanced account of the play we'll present as soon as we can.
You can buy The Strongbox at Nick Hern Books.
reviews for the strongbox
Her rich, precise characters are an actor's dream. The work is playful, intelligent and moving, with no small amount of bite. Hannah Morley, actor
it was only when it kicked off
I found I'd the bloody knack, more,
a taste for it
before I was all veg patch stews
stories with the girls, smiles, a bit
when I say a taste for it, not
the piss-reek or gut-slippery
mess on your feet
I mean the moment of taking
clouds cross their eyes as they call
fall, surprised: that bit
Part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine series, Shifts is available on BBC Sounds until August 2021.
"a visionary commission in the tradition of W H Auden and Benjamin Britten's Night Mail...epic" Sunday Times
POEMS from LOCKDOWN
I was invited to record for US Jazz Ready podcasts, presented by Magdalena Gomez. After Magdalena's generous introduction, listen here to my poems Being Breathed, Each Day Writing, Post-Lockdown Thaw, Songthrush and Footpath