Runtime: 1h 10m
New company Terrain is dedicated to celebrating Northern voices, and it’s good to see it bringing Maureen Lennon’s play—which was shortlisted for the 2020 Theatre 503 International Playwriting Prize—to South West London. From early stirrings at NSDF with the beautiful and poetic Bare Skin on Briny Waters, Lennon has slowly been building a reputation as an associate artist with Hull’s Middle Child, with whom she collaborated on the fine piece of popular theatre, Us Against Whatever, in 2019, which painted a vibrant portrait of a city in flux. Helen and her daughter Becca are 40 and 15 when Helen’s husband dies. Following the pair over 40 years, it’s a play about saving each other, saving yourself, and the shifts in the mother-daughter relationship that occur over four decades.
Helen is forty when she loses her husband. Becca is fifteen when her Dad dies. Then it’s just the two of them, what do they do next? Maureen Lennon’s play, shortlisted for the Theatre 503 International Playwriting Prize, unfolds through snapshots of their relationship over the next forty years. Joys and traumas, laughs and arguments. Exploring the thread which binds them together and the different ways they damage and save each other. A play about love, grief, and two women up a hillside with ashes stuck to their trouser leg. Terrain is a new company dedicated to promoting Northern artists and the stories they tell. The company looks to celebrate the contemporary narrative landscape of the region and ensure brilliant plays get in front of audiences. Age Recommendation: 14+