Listen to Shoe Lady by E.V. Crowe

Shoe Lady by E.V. Crowe was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 13 June as part of the LOCKDOWN Theatre Festival and is available on BBC Sounds for 30 days. Listen here

Created by actor Bertie Carvel in response to the closure of theatres amid the coronavirus crisis, the festival broadcast four plays that had their scheduled runs cancelled or cut short by the pandemic.

“Shoe Lady had a week to go when we decided to close the theatre. One of thousands of shows across the country that were never able to reach their full audience. This festival allows more people to hear the work and begins to create a sense of the breadth, passion, imagination and talent of this countrys incredible range of theatre-makers. While our industry is on hold, this festival reminds us of why we love telling stories and sharing them with audiences.” – Vicky Featherstone

Shoe Lady by E.V. Crowe

Viv (Katherine Parkinson) has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do.

The curtains are falling, her foot is bleeding, and she’s starting to feel a little overwhelmed.
But all will be well in the world once she finds that missing shoe.

“It’s incredibly hard isn’t it. To stay afloat.
It’s incredibly hard not to sink to the bottom.”

E.V. Crowe’s previous plays at the Royal Court include The Sewing Group, Hero and Kin. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.

Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone directs. With sound design by Tony Gayle and music by Matthew Herbert.

Performed by Archer Brandon, Tom Kanji, Kayla Meikle and Katherine Parkinson.

Find out more about writer E.V. Crowe’s work and influences on the Royal Court Playwright’s Podcast. Listen now.

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