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Maryland - Rehearsed Reading


Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood Originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from Thursday 07 October 2021 - Saturday 23 October 2021

National Youth Theatre in association with OPIA Collective will present a performance of a script in hand reading accompanied by an original music score, directed by Masha Kevinovna.

Tickets are free and we suggest those who are able make a £5 per ticket donation to Rape Crisis England and Wales here.

Running time: 30 minutes

Commenting on the play playwright Lucy Kirkwood says;

“This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too. It was written very quickly, and I am grateful to the Royal Court for snatching up a gauntlet thrown down last Friday night with such energy, care and seriousness."

OPIA Collective was founded in 2017 with the primary intention to create multidisciplinary work that brings an authentic representation of the female and LGBTQIA+ experience. As a collective, we identify as either queer, female or both and our strengths lie in various art forms such as film-makers, writers, musicians, poets & dancers led by Artistic Director, Masha Kevinovna.

OPIA’s work has been performed, commissioned, developed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Peckham & Bunker Theatre. Current members have worked extensively in their art forms within establishments such as TRINITY Laban, National Youth Theatre, Royal Court, Apples & Snakes, The Albany and Southbank Centre. Recently, OPIA Collective completed an acclaimed run of The Girl With Glitter in Her Eye at Bunker Theatre (Jan 2020) and premiered This Queer House at VAULT Festival 2020.

Connect with Opia Collective on Instagram and Twitter.


Content Warning:

Please note this play contains strong language and contains emotive content.

- References to sexual assault, rape and violence

- References of abduction and murder

- References of police brutality and coercion

Covid-19 Guidance:

National Youth Theatre has a number of measures in place to ensure everyone is able to work safely during their time with us. As a result you are required (unless exempt) to wear a face covering when moving around the National Youth Theatre building and are encouraged to regularly use hand-sanitiser. Social distancing will be observed where possible. All participants must also take a Lateral Flow Test and receive a negative result within 24 hours of the workshop start date.


If you have any access requirements that you would like to share or discuss with a member of the National Youth Theatre team before attending this performance please email: naila.barrett@nyt.org.uk

With thanks to the Royal Court and Lucy Kirkwood.


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