Maryland – a Play Inspired by Violence Against Women Comes to Edinburgh

In the immediate aftermath of the recent murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, Lucy Kirkwood wrote what she has described as a ‘howl’ of a short play about the prevalence and injustice of the culture of violence against women.

Now script-in-hand performances of the piece are to be performed across Edinburgh. The two productions, each of which will donate all ticket income to a local charity supporting survivors of abuse and violence, aim  for as many people as possible to experience this work, and bring audiences together in a communal experience.

Southside Community Centre, produced and directed by novelist, award-winning short story writer and playwright Hilary Spiers

Saturday 20th November at 7pm and 8.30pm

Raising funds for Rape Crisis Edinburgh

Art27scotland, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER supports this production

Tickets: https://www.art27scotland.org/southside-collective/eventbrite-event/maryland-by-lucy-kirkwood/

Director of the Southside Community Centre reading, Hilary Spiers, said “Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘howl of rage’ is a gauntlet thrown down to society to tackle violence against women. It is uncompromising, brutal, necessary. Women from all over Edinburgh, of all ages and cultures, are coming together to bring this play to as wide an audience as possible…”

Traverse Theatre produced by Traverse Theatre Company and directed by Brite Theater Artistic Director, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir

Wednesday 24th November at 7pm and Thursday 25th November at 1pm and 7pm

Raising funds for Edinburgh Women’s Aid and Shakti Women’s Aid

Tickets: https://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/event/maryland

Casting to be announced.

Productions at both locations will observe social distancing, with audiences required to wear masks whilst in the venues and throughout the performance, unless medically exempt.

Irene Brown

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