RGS Newcastle to present Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘Maryland’

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On Wednesday 24th November, the RGS is proud to be able to present a script-in-hand performance of Lucy Kirkwood’s (Chimerica / The Children) new play Maryland, originally produced by the Royal Court.  

The cast of RGS students from Years 10-13, and directed by Head of Drama Sarah Davison, have created a visceral, powerful production of Kirkwood’s stunning new play, written following the horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. The playwright was ‘galvanised’ into making public what she describes as a ‘private conversation’ with herself.   

Speaking about the 30-minute work, she said: "I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too."  

Kirkwood describes writing the play in two days, and that ethos of urgency has been picked up by the RGS, who have put together their response in a very short space of time, working together to respond sensitively and courageously to a challenging and provocative work.  

The RGS will be collecting for Rape Crisis England & Wales at the performance on the 24th, and CEO, Jayne Butler, who will introduce the play, said: "Maryland is a really important piece of work, encapsulating the real emotions and fears so many women and girls experience. Stigma around sexual violence is so prevalent because people don’t often talk about it. It’s brilliant that RGS Newcastle and the student performers are staging this play, being active and engaged in bringing about meaningful conversation and helping to shift attitudes."   

This is a unique opportunity in the North East to see an evocative and timely new play, which has been made available by the Royal Court for a limited period.  

Tickets are free, and available at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-by-lucy-kirkwood-tickets-209121817987 

Given the challenging content, there is an advisory restriction for audiences of 14+. 


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