Playing Up Theatre Company has developed a reputation for successfully staging highly challenging and powerful plays. Their previous shows include Of Mice and Men, The Crucible, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. This November the company returns once again to The Rondo with a play that has already earned a reputation as one of the most powerful plays about women in prison in British theatre.
Iron premiered at The Edinburgh Festival in 2002 and quickly gained critical acclaim. It was immediately picked up by The Royal Court and has gone on to become one of Munro’s most successful plays. It is an intense psychological drama, set within a female prison where Fay is serving life for the murder of her husband. She is fifteen years into her sentence when she receives a visit from Josie, the daughter she has neither seen nor heard from since being sentenced.
A powerful and moving play, Iron explores the nature of life imprisonment for women and their children, while also being a gripping story about a murder and the hidden and uncomfortable truth behind it. The revelations, when they come, are searingly powerful. This is a play which will linger in the audience’s minds long after the final curtain.
As a Scottish writer, Rona Munro has also successfully written for television (including Doctor Who) and film directors such as Ken Loach. Her latest play The Astronaut’s Chair was commissioned by The Drum Theatre in Plymouth.
Iron is being performed from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th November.
Performances start at 7:30pm and tickets priced £10 and £8 for concessions are available from Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362.
For more information go to www.playing-up.co.uk