22. ilb 07. - 17.09.2022

Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood born 1984 in East London wrote her first play in 2005. In 2006, she took two productions of her second play »Geronimo« to the Edinburgh Fringe. »Guns or Butter« was written for the Terror 2007 Festival at the Union Theatre, London. »Tinderbox«, a dark comedy set in a fictional 21st century England, premiered in 2008, as did the short horror piece »Psychogeography«. Her latest play about sex trafficking, »It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now«, at London’s Arcola Theatre (2009) was a great success both with the public and the critics. It deals with the fate and the dreams of a young woman from Eastern Europe who has come to London in pursuit of a better life. Once there, her cousin “sells” her to a pimp who forces her into prostitution. “I know exactly how much I am worth”, 22 year-old Dijana says in the play, holding a bottle of L’Oreal “Because I’m worth it”-shampoo. “How many people can say this! I am worth one thousand euro because that is how much Babac pay for me. To put this in easy language, that is like two and a half Iphones.” With her characteristic black humour, Kirkwood writes a touching play about a serious topic without ever drifting into the melodramatic or sentimental. Lucy Kirkwood lives in London.

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