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I'D RATHER GO BLIND

“I see you strong, I see you spinning on your own axis – full of life – full of joy.  I see you like me when I turned 18 – unfiltered – ready to conquer the world head held high – heart strong – I see you growing everyday.”

Michelle and Ruby look like any other mother and daughter.

They dance together, they sing together, fight with each other and hide from each other.

But as it approaches Ruby’s birthday, Michelle wonders if perhaps she has been too hidden.

Inspired and informed by women who have lived through the criminal justice system, Somalia Seaton’s latest play, I’d Rather Go Blind, is a tender exploration of what it takes to be a mother in a world that is closing in around you.

I’d Rather Go Blind is produced in celebration of the extraordinary women Futures Theatre and Somalia Seaton worked with throughout 2017.

“a fierce, pulsating and galvanising play!” The Guardian (on Somalia Seaton’s Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Footsoldier)

“Tough, taut and precise” The Scotsman (on Futures Theatres’s Offside)

Supported by Arts Council England, the Unity Trust and Michelle Franklin.

Wed 2 Oct
Post show Q&A exploring women, creativity and the criminal justice system. Free to ticket holders

1-5 Oct

7:30pm

£16, £13 concessions

#idrathergoblind

I'd Rather Go Blind

“I see you strong, I see you spinning on your own axis – full of life – full of joy.  I see you like me when I turned 18 – unfiltered – ready to conquer the world head held high – heart strong – I see you growing everyday.”

Michelle and Ruby look like any other mother and daughter.

They dance together, they sing together, fight with each other and hide from each other.

But as it approaches Ruby’s birthday, Michelle wonders if perhaps she has been too hidden.

Inspired and informed by women who have lived through the criminal justice system, Somalia Seaton’s latest play, I’d Rather Go Blind, is a tender exploration of what it takes to be a mother in a world that is closing in around you.

I’d Rather Go Blind is produced in celebration of the extraordinary women Futures Theatre and Somalia Seaton worked with throughout 2017.

“a fierce, pulsating and galvanising play!” The Guardian (on Somalia Seaton’s Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Footsoldier)

“Tough, taut and precise” The Scotsman (on Futures Theatres’s Offside)

Supported by Arts Council England, the Unity Trust and Michelle Franklin.

Wed 2 Oct
Post show Q&A exploring women, creativity and the criminal justice system. Free to ticket holders

1-5 Oct

7:30 PM

£16, £13 concessions

#idrathergoblind

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Concessions

Concessions apply to students, under-18s, over-60s and more. For more info on our concession policy click here→

Accessibility

All performance spaces and facilities are fully wheelchair-accessible. For more info click here→

Ticket Collection

We operate a paperless box office system. You will be emailed a receipt once you have booked in advance. There is no need to print this off, just state your name at the box office on arrival.

Age Recommendation

14+

Duration

1 hr 30min

Cast

Michelle

Toyin Ayedun-Alase

Ruby

Leona Allen

Chrissy

Anna-Maria Everett

Production Team

Director

Caroline Bryant

Writer

Somalia Seaton

Lighting Designer

Bethany Gupwell

Composer

Lillian Henley

Movement Director

Sarita Piotrowski

CSM

Rachel Darwood

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