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Claustrophilia

BY NAOMI WESTERMAN

Theatre. 17th, 18th Feb, 18:15, £12.
Matinee 18th Feb, 13:30

Kidnapped. A prisoner. 983 Days. But what happens after she escapes?

Alice spent most of her adolescence held prisoner in a single room. Now she is out, an adult, has a home, and she is fine.

Except maybe she is not…

‘Claustrophilia’ is a one-woman play about trauma, PTSD, misery porn, the limits of the human imagination, and unrequited love. It was first performed (as a short play-in-progress) at the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre and was also presented as part of Courting Drama at the Southwark Playhouse.

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Alice spent much of her adolescence held prisoner in a single room.

Now an adult, her life now seems fine – she has a lovely home (with five kinds of pasta in the kitchen cupboard!) and relative security. Fuelled with rage against a world that simultaneously seeks to victimise her and exploit her victimisation, Alice is determined to take back power and take control of her own narrative.

Angry and manipulative, but never unsympathetic, Alice continues to live in the internal imaginary world she created as a refuge from a horrific environment, unsure how to break out of her own head and form meaningful connections with the rest of the world. Having spent years fighting to escape, her real struggle for freedom is with herself and her desperate search for love.

‘Claustrophilia’ is a one-woman play about trauma, PTSD, misery porn, the limits of the human imagination, and unrequited love. It was first performed (as a short play-in-progress) at the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre and was also presented as part of Courting Drama at the Southwark Playhouse.

Praise for ‘Tortoise’ by Naomi Westerman:
“Quite extraordinary… The variety and quality was inspiring, reminding everyone of the talent within those four walls.” FemaleArts
“Funny and touching at the same time, the play breaks stereotypes and forces you to
think.” Teatralny Londyn

Naomi Westerman is a playwright and theatre-maker who creates female-centric and feminist work in a range of genres. Her work has been staged at the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Arcola, the Bush, the St James Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, High Tide, and at the Criterion Theatre in the West End. Her first full-length play ‘Tortoise’, a dark comedy-drama about female mental illness, was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Writers. Her first screenplay won first place in the Raindance Film Festival’s Ammo Live competition.

Alice – Eleanor Crosswell
Director & Producer – Rebecca Gwyther
Writer – Naomi Westerman

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