NEVER VERA BLUE - EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
Anatomy Lecture Theatre - Summerhall | 1-26 AUGUST 2018
By Alexandra Wood
It’s hard to know things, isn’t it? Have you ever found that, it’s really hard to know.
“It’s hard to know things, isn’t it? Have you ever found that, it’s really hard to know.”
Never Vera Blue tells the story of one woman who, through the course of her marriage, has been made to doubt herself so much, she cannot even say, with certainty, how tall she is.
Trapped, like Little Red Riding Hood in the belly of a wolf, she asks the vital question – how do I get out?
Written in response to conversations with survivors of domestic abuse, Never Vera Blue is a disorientating story of one woman’s journey to recover who she is.
From the city to the Kent coast, from a war-torn land to the pit of the stomach, Alexandra Wood’s new play explores just what it means to be made to doubt yourself and how to regain a sense of identity.
"reverberates quietly long after it’s over" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Guardian (on Alexandra Wood’s The Human Ear)
We are delighted to be presenting this production in partnership with Scottish Women's Aid. Scottish Women’s Aid has been at the forefront of supporting women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse; lobbying for policy changes; conducting research to enhance understandings of domestic abuse; and challenging negative attitudes.
Writer: Alexandra Wod
Director: Caroline Bryant
Designer: Futures Theatre
Composer: Lillian Henley
Movement Director: Diane Alison-Mitchell
Lighting Designer: Dylan Tate
Laura Dos Santos
dates and tickets
Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
1 - 26 August (no performances 13 and 20 August)
1 August - £5
2 August - £8
3 - 26 August £12 (£10)
About Never Vera Blue
Never Vera Blue is the second commission from Futures creative engagement project An Alternative Life 2015 – 2017. During 2016 Futures worked in partnership with the Gaia Centre in Lambeth, London, with a group of women who were all survivors of domestic abuse. Playwright Alexandra Wood was commissioned to work with the group throughout the year and write a play informed and inspired by their stories, experiences and resilience.
Never Vera Blue is produced in celebration of these extraordinary women.
Why Futures Theatre produced Never Vera Blue
Futures is proud to stand in solidarity with the women who inspired Never Vera Blue. They practised, and encouraged in others, a compassion and understanding for anyone in an abusive relationship. This is a powerful and achievable step for us all: to walk alongside those affected, to offer gentle and consistent support.
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 and challenged others to consider how they might better support those living with abuse. You can find examples of this body of work on our website.
Their clear message throughout all of the work produced was one of hope. Their message to audiences is to seek help from services if you need it, whilst acknowledging what an immense step this might be. If you or a friend/family member is experiencing domestic abuse, support is available:
National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge
womensaid.org.uk / refuge.org.uk
Scottish Domestic Abuse: 0800 027 1234 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Northern Ireland Women's Aid: 0800 917 1414 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Wales Domestic Abuse: 0808 80 10 800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Galop (national helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic abuse): 0800 999 5428 (times vary)
Respect (working with violence perpetrators and male victims of domestic violence): 0808 802 4040 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
“Please don’t ask me why I stay
Ask me how to help
I’m here if you stay
And I’m here if you leave”
A short film produced as part of our creative engagement programme 'An Alternative Life', written and directed by women who have survived domestic violence and abuse. Directed by Libby Knowles