This Wide Night 2008

Written by Chloë Moss
Directed by Lucy Morrison
30 July 2008 – 27 September 2008

“Not everyone can be all right. That isn't how things work.”

Written by Chloë Moss
Directed by Lucy Morrison

This Wide Night 2008

30 July 2008 – 27 September 2008

This Wide Night is a tender portrayal of two women trying to start over. On release from prison, Lorraine heads straight to Marie’s. They used to share everything inside, but find the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.

Chloë wrote the play after spending time in Cookham Wood prison (which has since been re-rolled as a young offenders' institution for young men), conducting writing workshops and speaking to women one-on-one. During this process, Chloë became interested in the experiences of long-serving offenders, how vital their friendships are, and what life is like for women resettling into society after release.

“After working in HMP Cookham Wood, I had enough material to write 50 different plays. I decided to concentrate on two aspects: the uniqueness of relationships formed in prison - and if they are able to exist in another context; and resettlement – particularly of women who have spent a long time in prison and who are released at a point in their lives when starting afresh can feel like a very hopeless prospect.” Chloë Moss


Cast and Creatives

Chloë Moss – Writer

Lucy Morrison – Director

Jan Pearson – Cast

Cathy Owen – Cast

Anna Watson – Lighting Designer

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Becky Smith – Sound Designer

Chloe Lamford – Designer

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Ali Beale – Production Manager

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Danielle Morris – Company Stage Manager

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Melanie Wing – Deputy Stage Manager

Our People

Tracey Anderson
Support Manager
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Finance & HR Administrator
Imogen Davies
Individual Giving Manager
Maya Ellis
Executive Assistant
Mimi Findlay
Emma Kendall
Development Manager
Cath Longman-Jones
Head of Finance & Operations
Lorraine Maher
Participation Manager
Selina Mayer
Finance & Data Manager
Samantha McNeil
Volunteer Coordinator
Linda Morgans
Sally Muckley
Head of Development & Communications
Giovanna Pala
Interim Support Manager
Rachael Smith
Operations Manager
Jacqueline Stewart
Head of Participation
Claire Stone
Heritage Project Manager
Demi Wilson-Smith
Development & Members Assistant
Dezh Zhelyazkova
Assistant Producer

'The piece is beautifully written: comic, colourful, full of pain and tenderness and truth. And Lucy Morrison's production has a poignant and powerful lucidity.'

Sam Marlowe - Times Online

'Lucy Morrison’s production has a luminously humane performance from Jan Pearson, whose Lorraine begins as a ‘Little Britain’-style caricature but grows exponentially in depth and pathos as her story unfolds.'

Robert Shore - TimeOut


This Wide Night 2008 - Times Online

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