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Vici Wreford-Sinnott – Butterfly

An ARC Stockton Production

Butterfly

Written and directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Performed by Jacqueline Phillips

Beatrice, an unlikely heroine in a story of not-so-everyday survival, sits in isolation, waiting for the outcome of a forced mental health assessment. She loved Bowie, the Buzzcocks and the Bay City Rollers back in the day, and now revisits a personal history she only just remembers.

But there is an important detail she has forgotten, and she thinks they are putting words into her mouth.

Boudica and Butterfly guide her through both big historical moments and small personal details to re-imagine the corner she feels she has been painted into. But, if she could change the past would she? Beatrice examines whether the chaos theory of stigma has informed the status of people in her present. Whenever that is.

What this play is not: It is not all in Beatrice’s head – the characters all exist within the world of the piece. It is not an exploration of a mental health condition. It is not about ‘suffering from’ or ‘surviving’ a condition. It is about the history of stigma, and misunderstandings and misrepresentations. It is about setting the record straight.

Oh, and then there’s Elizabeth. Who is Elizabeth?

This clever, funny, dark piece allows us to assess how we treat human beings in the 21st century, expertly performed by Jacqueline Phillips.

Touring from Dec 2016 – May 2017

If you require any further information or are interested in booking this show please contact Annabel Turpin, annabel.turpin@arconline.co.uk