by Polly Creed
Directed by Imy Wyatt Corner
Produced by True Name and Pleasance
“Look at us both. Proper grown women. Like kids on a Saturday night, waiting for our kids to come bail us out.”
1995. Brightlingsea. A small port in rural Essex. Residents wake up to lorries thundering through the town, carrying live captive animals in horrendous conditions. A motley crew of mums, grannies, and school kids unite; they know they have to do something to stop it. Over the next 10 months, the unlikely group becomes committed and remarkable activists, facing arrest and encountering the brunt of police brutality.
2020. A documentary filmmaker, Emily Matthews, who took part in the protests as a schoolgirl, goes in search for answers about what happened in Brightlingsea 25 years before. Humane tells the story of what she uncovered in her search for answers.
This will be a rehearsed reading of the play ahead of its 3 week run at the Pleasance Theatre in London.
Supported by the Cockayne Foundation and Arts Council England.