Arcola Theatre and Lightbox Theatre presents

Broken Water

A new play by Michèle Winstanley

Directed by Emma Faulkner

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This award-nominated play from Michèle Winstanley traces three different women’s experiences of motherhood.

“I thought about how you should never mess with mothers – any mother – because they’re tired and they’re fierce.”

Olive misses her absent son. Philippa wonders what to do with her empty nest. Linda just wants what her neighbours have. 

Weaving three lives together with threads of love and courage, Broken Water shines a light on the untold experiences and the irrepressible resilience of women.

Developed at Arcola as part of the 2014 Playwrought Festival, the play was shortlisted for the 2013 Verity Bargate Award. Now it premieres in a powerful new production from director Emma Faulkner.


Michèle Winstanley’s play Broken Water was developed as part of Arcola Theatre’s Playwrought Festival in 2014, and was nominated for the Nick Darke Award and shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award. Her other plays include Keepers (Hampstead Theatre) and Mugs Like Us – Dorothy Slatter (Space Theatre). As an actor: Only Fools and Horses; Sid and Nancy; Going Out.

Emma Faulkner is a director and Artistic Director of Lightbox Theatre. Her credits for Lightbox Theatre include: Everyday People (Bridewell Theatre); Over The Bridge (Finborough Theatre); John Furguson (Finborough Theatre); The Air Around Us (Theatre 503; Clapham Omnibus); Battersea Odyssey (Wandsworth Arts Festival).