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House And Amongst The Reeds (Clean Break)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016

House + Amongst the Reeds  Ed2016

This double bill of new plays puts centre stage the often-marginalised stories of BAME women affected by the criminal justice system. In ‘House’ by Somalia Seaton, a Nigerian mother shockingly denies her daughter’s mental health issues, and the play explores the difficulty of rebuilding family relationships amid such secrecy and shame. ‘Amongst the Reeds’ by Chino Odimba depicts a friendship between two asylum seekers, whose lives are limited by fear and lack of legal status. Róisín McBrinn’s direction brings out the resonances between the two plays, which both feature strong performances by a talented cast. Seaton and Odimba’s plays deftly combine the domestic with the political: Clean Break’s double bill demands to be watched.

Assembly George Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]