Butterfly by Vici Wreford-Sinnott, Albany Theatre, Deptford, London


Price: £10 / £8 concs.


Side angled portrait shot of Jacqueline Phillips the actress performing in this one woman drama. She is dress in black and has spiky blond hair. Her face is serious.

Beatrice, an unlikely heroine in a story of not-so-everyday survival, sits in isolation, waiting for the outcome of a forced mental health assessment. She loved Bowie, the Buzzcocks and the Bay City Rollers back in the day, and now revisits a personal history she only just remembers.

But there is an important detail she has forgotten, and she thinks they are putting words into her mouth.

She just wants a quiet life, to live under the radar, but her hand has been forced. She could hide forever, like Elizabeth, or become a reclaimer, in an increasingly hostile state. Boudica and Butterfly guide her through both big historical moments and small personal details to re-imagine the corner she feels she has been painted into. But, if she could change the past, would she? Beatrice examines whether the chaos theory of stigma has informed the status of people in her present. Whenever that is.

Butterfly is not about suffering from, or surviving, a condition. It is about history, stigma, about misunderstandings and misrepresentations. It is about setting the record straight.

This clever, funny, dark piece allows us to assess how we treat human beings in the 21st century, expertly performed by Jacqueline Phillips.

Vici Wreford-Sinnott is a dynamic professional disabled theatre director, who has worked in theatre and Disability Arts for 23 years. She is Artistic Director of Little Cog, which specialises in professional disability art in a number of art forms. She is co-founder and Creative lead on Cultural Shift, a three year Disability Arts project at ARC and is an Associate Artist of ARC Stockton. Vici champions the equality of disabled people in the cultural landscape.

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