“How can I leave with the bed unmade and
The curtains lopsided.
What kind of person does that make me?
Not fit for work.
Not fit to be a mother.”
Viv 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 returns to the Royal Court where her previous plays 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.
"Katherine Parkinson is brilliant in this sickeningly compelling play"
The Independent | Ava Wong Davies Read full review
"Katherine Parkinson is a delight as Viv, a harried working mother"
The Guardian | Arifa Akbar
"Shoe Lady is fascinating for the way it takes the Royal Court’s huge stage and uses it to tell a tiny, domestic story"
Time Out | Alice Saville
"Shoe Lady makes its mordant point memorably and ingeniously"
The Times | Dominic Maxwell
"A powerful account of female middle-class anxieties in Britain today"
The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz
"Katherine Parkinson has tragi-comic down to a fine art"
WhatsOnStage | Alex Wood
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Running time: 65 minutes with no interval
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