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Damsel Develops: Damsel Purple
On from 15 Nov 2017 till 16 Nov 2017
The Bunker
by The Bunker
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £10 - £15 / (£12.50 concessions) - U25s: £10

About: Damsel Develops: Damsel Purple

Damsel Develops is a new festival committed to helping emerging female directors develop work, with the hope of moving towards a future production.

Rafaella Marcus directs a work in progress showing of Crave by Sarah Kane, ahead of a planned production in 2018, which will mark the 20th Anniversary of her seminal work.

Four voices are heard in a place that might be a city, might be a grave, might be the backseat of a car. They gripe, swear, love, and spit; they are urgent and in pain. They’re not sure whether they’ll make it out alive. This is an opportunity to see one of Kane’s most elusive and startling plays, with an all female cast and concept focused around urban landscapes and desolation.

Rafaella’s recent directing credits include The Tune Is Always Better On The Outside (The Other Palace), Morphin’ (Arcola), I Have A Mouth and I Must Scream (Bunker Theatre), and The Wild Party (Hope Theatre). She was a finalist for the JMK Award 2017 and is artistic director of Mingled Yarn.

This work in progress showing of Crave is also generously supported by Theatre Delicatessen.


Melissa Dunne directs a staged reading of new play Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. by Brooke Robinson. Financially left behind by her baby boomer generation, 58-year-old Sandra still bounces from one London house-share to the next. When she finds herself kicked out of her latest rental property by her twenty-something housemates whilst undergoing treatment for cancer, she's under significant pressure to find somewhere sustainable to live. Written by acclaimed Australian playwright Brooke Robinson, Good Cook looks at the fate of boomers left behind by their own generation in terms of home ownership, and excluded by millennials from the share-accommodation market.

Melissa recently directed Just to Get Married (Finborough Theatre) – “Staged with wit and efficiency by Melissa Dunne,” Ben Brantley, The New York Times. The play received four stars in The Times, The Evening Standard, and The Observer. Melissa is Artistic Director of Papercut Theatre and is a Lecturer on the MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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