Omnibus Theatre | 1 - 5 OCTOBER 2019

By Somalia Seaton

“I see you strong, I see you spinning on your own axis – full of life – full of joy. I see you like me when I turned 18 – unfiltered – ready to conquer the world head held high – heart strong – I see you growing everyday.”

Michelle and Ruby look like any other mother and daughter. They dance, sing, fight and hide from each other. But as Ruby’s 18th birthday looms, has Michelle been too fearful?

Inspired and informed by women who have lived through the criminal justice system, Somalia Seaton’s latest play, I’d Rather Go Blind, is a tender exploration of what it takes to be a mother in a world that is closing in around you.

I’d Rather Go Blind is produced in celebration of the extraordinary women Futures Theatre and Somalia Seaton worked with throughout 2017.

“a fierce, pulsating and galvanising play!” The Guardian (on Somalia Seaton’s Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Footsoldier)

“Tough, taut and precise” The Scotsman (on Futures Theatres’s Offside)

Supported by Arts Council England, the Unity Trust and SE Franklin Trust.

Wed 2 Oct
Post show Q&A exploring women, creativity and the criminal justice system. Free to ticket holders


Writer: Somalia Seaton
Director: Caroline Bryant
Designer: Futures Theatre
Composer: Lilian Henley
Movement Director: Sarita Piotrowski
Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell


Michelle - Toyin Ayedun-Alase

Ruby - Leona Allen

Chrissy - Anna-Maria Everett

I’d Rather Go Blind is the third commission from Futures creative engagement project An Alternative Life 2015 – 2017. During 2017 Futures worked in partnership with The Beth Centre in Lambeth, London, with women who all have lived experience of the criminal justice system. We commissioned playwright Somalia Seaton to write a play informed by their challenges and their dreams.

Women who engaged in Futures’ project, ‘An Alternative Life’, produced a body of creative work (including a short film, songs and a podcast) which celebrated their own unique voices.

I’d Rather Go Blind rehearsal diary

I’d Rather Go Blind @ The Omnibus