Mother is in prison. Daughter has come to visit. Closely watched by security personnel, they have 1 hour. A trained actor, and quick-witted, Mother tries to keep things light… but the darkness rises up around them as they are forced to confront the disorienting series of events that led them here. Surrender takes us on the blurry and sleep-deprived journey of a flawed woman trying to survive in a punishing and dysfunctional system that has separated her from her daughter. Thirteen years later, they have forgotten how to love each other… and this is their last chance to connect.
Surrender is the result of a collaboration between Writer Sophie Swithinbank and Director/Performer Phoebe Ladenburg. Drawing on Phoebe’s early experiences as a mother, Surrender investigates Kate’s journey of submission in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, not through the lens of marriage, but through the lense of motherhood.
Written by Sophie Swithinbank following the success of her multi award-winning and Edinburgh sellout play, BACON
Content warnings: references to self harm and smoking on stage.
Praise for BACON:
★★★★ “Utterly compelling… beautiful and devastating to watch” – The Stage
★★★★★ “You will laugh, you will cry and you will be breathless when you leave” – Everything Theatre
★★★★★ “Unmissable” – To Do List