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The Black Eye Club
On from 01 Nov 2017 till 18 Nov 2017
The Bread and Roses Theatre
by PhilCharles
Genre(s): New Writing, Comedy

Tickets: £8 - £20

About: The Black Eye Club

When life throws you punches... drink, sing, survive!

1st to 18th November, Tue-Sat 7.30pm

When a gay man fleeing an abusive partner is turned away from a women-only refuge, one of the residents sneaks him into her room. The initially clashing characters, the shy Dave and the gabby Zoe, begin to bond over their shared traumatic experiences. But will they be able to keep him hidden from the eagle-eyed security guard? And will they be able to instill enough confidence in each other to be given the strength to leave their violent partners for good?

The Black Eye Club by Phil Charles was selected anonymously out of over 450 submissions as the winner of The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award following three reading rounds. The award was open for submissions last summer/autumn and called for full length plays with at least 50% material that are female, non-binary or gender neutral roles, from UK based playwrights. The premiere of the winning play is being staged for the theatre's third anniversary in November 2017, directed by the Artistic Director.

Phil Charles was propelled to write The Black Eye Club after witnessing cuts to council budgets and their disastrous impact on services for those affected by domestic abuse, many refuges are forced to shut down or taken over by non-specialist providers.

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"Funny, moving, powerful new play" ★★★★★ – Remotegoat
"offers a lot of hope and [leaves] its audience with a renewed sense of wonder at the human spirit" ★★★★★ – Breaking the Fourth Wall
"Full of mellow humour and tasty conflict of character" ★★★★ & Top Pick of the Month – LPT Magazine
“thought provoking, enraging, sad, happy and funny all at the same time” – The View from the Circle
"I had tears in my eyes, and I’m not sure if they were from the emotion or the laughter. It’s high quality work from a theatre worth supporting." – Theatre Box
"unravels in an entertainingly earthy and realistic way (...) a fun evening on a dark subject" – Traffic Light Theatre
“Touchingly portrayed (...) Charles' script combines alarming brutality and endearing bravery” – Gizzle
"a cracking set of characters and a clear message" – The Play's the Thing

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