"A tender little green shoot of a piece" Lyn Gardner 1996. A young mother walks out of a small house in Shepherd’s Bush and doesn’t look back. 2019. A daughter lies in a bath and stares at a crack in the ceiling. Joy and EJ prepare for their first meeting in twenty-two years. They run, they bathe, they inhale, they wait. i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) is the debut play by acclaimed theatre critic Ava Wong Davies: a lyrical interlinking of monologues devoted to blood ties, the cycle of trauma, and what we inherit from our parents.
On a rainy Wednesday evening, Cally sits at her local pub waiting for her best friend. She notices someone in the corner. She recognises them. It's her celebrity crush. It can't be them though, can it? It isn't. This doesn't happen. She won't go over. She won't... A darkly comedic coming-of-age solo play, Before I Was A Bear is a modern myth about the power dynamics of sexuality and shame, women's relationships with each other, and an affair with a hot TV detective.
Nine stories by Russian women. In She Who Bears No Ill, a woman disfigured by a disease prefers to be locked up in a mental institution rather than be looked at with repugnance outside, while The Day of the Poplar Flakes describes the shoddy treatment of terminally ill patients in a provincial hospital.
The Dokic family, like any other, has its problems. Brothers Clint and Darryl are constantly at odds and just similar enough not to cut each other any slack or let past feuds slide. Darryl sees real-estate salesman Clint as a slick boor, overly fond of himself and his achievements. Clint sees Darryl as an over-educated under-achiever, who flaunts his smarts to belittle others. Their mother, Meg, referees their sniping with more knowledge than either of them imagines.