by Lucy Kirkwood

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Thu 07 Oct - Sat 23 Oct 2021

Script-in-hand performances of a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, co-directed by Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Royal Court Associate Directors Milli Bhatia and Lucy Morrison.

About Maryland:

This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in 2020 and Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too. It was written very quickly, and I am grateful to the Royal Court for snatching up a gauntlet thrown down last Friday night with such energy, care and seriousness.“ Playwright Lucy Kirkwood

Sometimes you dont know what you need until it arrives like a bolt from the blue and things are turned upside down. This is what happened to us at the Royal Court when Lucy Kirkwoods play Maryland arrived in our inboxes on Friday night. Since then we have all stepped up to her extraordinary rallying cry and are able to give her voice our space in search of some kind of understanding, howl, communal event in light of the horrific actions still being committed against all women and victims of gendered violence.

We all live in the same world, hear the same news, share the same existential fears and longings. Some people specialise in tending to our health, and some people tend to our roads and buildings, and some people tend to the food we eat and some people teach us to read and write and some people move important things from a to b. And then there are some other people who sit in the same world as us but with their pattern of words and ideas show that world back to us in a way which momentarily stops us feeling so alone, so fearful, so lost. There is order. There is hope. This is what this tiny enormous play does. This is what the Royal Court is for. This is what art is for.

We are so proud to be stepping up. We are devastated we still have to.
Vicky Featherstone

The Maryland Casts

21 – 23 October

Shiloh Coke, John Heffernan, Wendy Kweh, Stephanie Street, Letty Thomas, and Hara Yannas 

The chorus of Furies are Naomi Denny, Shadi Hamta, and Rosie Thackeray 

18 – 20 October

Taj Atwal, Edyta Budnik, Seroca Davis, Nick Fletcher, Reece Lyons, and Nadia Nadarajah

The chorus of Furies are Naomi Ankrah, Winnie Imara, and Kim Teresa Marsh

15 – 16 October

John Heffernan, Beth Hinton-Lever, Amaka Okafor, Danusia Samal, Eileen Walsh and Gabby Wong

The chorus of Furies are Queenie Saoul, Irene Saviozzi, and Mei Leng Yew

13 – 14 October

John Heffernan, Jennifer Joseph, Amy Morgan, Gloria Obianyo, Dawn Sievewright and Anjana Vasan

The chorus of Furies are Muminah Abdullah, Maureen Ferry and Aisling Towl

11 – 12 October

Nadia Albina, John Heffernan, Katie Leung, Rebekah Murrell, Rochenda Sandall, Kiran Sonia Sawar

The chorus of Furies are Heidi Carmichael, Sarah Farrell and Lydia Luke

7 – 9 October

Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Ayesha Dharker, Lisa Hammond, John Heffernan, Mariah Louca, and Jodie McNee

The chorus of Furies are Daniella Harrison, Lucy Donald and Sharon John

Find out more about other performances of Maryland across the UK:

Crescent Theatre, Birmingham – Saturday 20th November, 3pm and 6pm

Lantern Theatre, Brighton – Saturday 27th November, 7.30pm

Bury Theatre Workshop, Bury St Edmunds – Saturday 20th November, 4.30pm

The Aphra Theatre, Canterbury – Sunday November 21st, 6pm

Southside Community Centre, Edinburgh – Saturday 20th November, 7pm and 8.30pm

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Wednesday 24th (7pm) and Thursday 25th (1pm and 7pm)

Tower Theatre, London – Sunday 21st November, 6pm

Questors Theatre, London – Saturday 27th November, 8:30pm

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – Thursday 25 November, 7pm and 8.30pm

South London Theatre, London – Sunday 21st November, 8pm and 9.30pm

Bread and Roses Theatre, London -25th November, 7:30pm

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester – Sunday 21 November 7pm and 8.30pm

Royal Grammar School – Wednesday 24th November, 7pm

Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham -Thursday 25th November 7:30pm

Quay Theatre, Sudbury – Sunday 21st November 6pm

Friargate Theatre, York – Friday 26 November 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm
Running time: 30 mins
Captioned: 14 Oct, 18, 19, 20 & 22 Oct at 7.45pm

Tickets: £5

As we’d usually charge £12 for each ticket, but are charging £5 we’d ask you to donate the £7 difference to Rape Crisis England & Wales charity here if you are able to.

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the umbrella organisation for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres who provide a range of specialist services for women and girls that have been raped or experienced any form of sexual violence – whether as adults or as children. Find out more here

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