Michèle Winstanley’s Play “Broken Water” Set to Premiere at Arcola Theatre in February 2024

The acclaimed play, Broken Water, explores the experience of motherhood at three different stages of life. Written by Michéle Winstanley and directed by Nicola Samer, resident director for The Cursed Child, the play premieres at The Arcola Theatre from 30th January to 24th February 2024.

Kathy Burke, Martin Clunes OBE and Marion Bailey have all praised the play, with Burke saying it is “A moving, powerful play that stayed with me.” Clunes added it was “Really fantastic” and Bailey added it was “A seriously beautiful piece. Funny, sad and hauntingly profound.”

The cast includes Sarah Hadland, known for her roles in BBC’s Horrible Histories and Murder They Hope (Gold), Rosemary Ashe, who has appeared in a variety of shows including Adrian Mole, The Witches of Eastwick and Mary Poppins, and Naomi Peterson, who has been in Constant Companions (Sir Alan Ayckbourn) and Drifters (C4).

The play focuses on story and character, with lighting, movement, and sound working together to create spaces. Broken Water has been shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and Nick Darke Award, and aims to explore the topics of changing attitudes to ageing, career choices, and societal expectations of motherhood.

Writer Michèle Winstanley, director Nicola Samer, and cast members Rosemary Ashe and Naomi Petersen are all available for interview.

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