A tender portrayal of two women trying to start again
On her release from prison, Lorraine heads straight to Marie’s.
On the inside they used to share everything but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.
“THIS WIDE NIGHT explores the importance and uniqueness of relationships formed in prison: how they can, or perhaps cannot exist in another context;
and resettlement where ‘freedom’ can actually feel like a very bleak and frightening concept.”
THIS WIDE NIGHT premiered in 2008 by Clean Break at Soho Theatre
before a National Tour of theatres and Women’s Prisons.
A New Initiative to examine choices for Women on Release from Prison.
Written in a Women’s Prison
Workshopped with Brisbane Women Serving a Sentence
Performed to Support Workers of Women Serving a Sentence
and Recently Released from Prison.
We all wear blue Inside- we’re all just Smurfs
We are all stripped back to who we really are – no games / no dickheads
Better to stay to yourself – I make acquaintances – not friends
I told Women who tried to share their outside lives, I have TV for the outside world, not you.
Expectations start from day one, All expectations start at once, It’s like being a contestant on SURVIVOR
Even when I’m inside my family can be targeted because of me. Police pull them up because they see my licence plate. It builds resentment.
The longer the sentence or the more often you go in, the more your circle shrinks outside.