Keeping Mum first play by Judith Bryan
The big freeze of 1963 and a young Caribbean couple struggle to survive in a new city and a harsh winter. Almost fifty years later, a stranger finds a confused woman wandering the snow covered streets. When the innocence of a nursery rhyme unlocks a chilling family secret, the kindness of strangers isn’t what it seems.
"It was like she was shut in a box with glass walls. And still you felt stuff coming off her, like heat. Not heat. Like cold, like ice, burning. All my life she’s been burning with something. I don’t know what."
By Judith Bryan
Directed by Rebecca Manson Jones
Produced by Darren Batten
Tues March 8 to Sat March 12 at 7.45pm
The Jack Studio Theatre
410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH
Tickets: 0844 847 2454
Judith Bryan won the Saga Prize for her novel Bernard and the Cloth Monkey and a London Arts Board Award for her work-in-progress, The Bluff. Her short fiction and non-fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines, including Deliverance in Gas and Air: Tales of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.
She lectures in creative writing at Roehampton University and is completing an MA Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College. Keeping Mum is her first play.
As part of the Write Now 2 Festival.