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“As for what came next, things unspoken and untold until now, it happened like this…”

In the beginning was the mattress. 

Gradually, other little changes – more bolts on the front door; the gun; the locked cupboard. 
And she knew in her heart that change was bad.

The story of a young girl trapped in an increasingly tiny world.

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Based on a true story, starring David Mumeni and Katie West

First-time Royal Court playwright Cordelia Lynn teams up with director Jude Christian. Conceived by and Developed with Desara Bosnja and 1989 Productions with design by Ana Inés Jabares Pita, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by David McSeveney.

‘Jude Christian's excellent production heightens our sense of the horrors by not coming at them head-on. Unforgettable.’
The Independent

‘…a harrowing, astringent but surprisingly playful critique of war, and the violence of patriarchy and capitalism. It’s devastating.’
The Guardian

‘It’s a shattering piece of writing, and West is simply superb.’
The Financial Times

Cordelia Lynn took part in the 2012/13 Royal Court Writers Group. Her previous theatre credits include Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch) and After the War (ADC, Olivier Bristol).

Jude Christian’s theatre includes Harajuku Girls (Finborough), I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate, Boom Arts Portland), Bwyta Eliffant? Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch? / How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre of Wales), Happy, The Mushroom (Pentabus), My Romantic History (English Theatre Berlin), Sonata Movements (Blue Elephant). Opera includes ©alculated to Death (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival London, Future Shorts Tokyo), Opera ‘Reflection’ workshop, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Lela & Co. is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.