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How far would you go to protect your family?

A daring exploration of women pushed to the edge landmark Australian play The Bleeding Tree will have its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse Borough, having previously won the Griffin Award, the Helpmann Award for Best Play and the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre.

This moving yet darkly funny drama from acclaimed playwright Angus Cerini follows a mother and her two daughters who, in order to survive, have had to go to extremes. Following years of abuse from the man of the house, The Bleeding Tree’s leading women have finally reached the end of their tether and shot him dead. Now they must deal with their fluctuating feelings – from shock to relief to guilt – all whilst figuring out how to dispose of a body.

This lyrical work examines women’s resilience and gives a voice to women who have experienced domestic violence. In a production directed by Sophie Drake and presented by Jessie Anand Productions, The Bleeding Tree will offer a fascinating exploration of the moral ambiguity around what we do when pushed to the limit. It also reflects on the shades of grey around whistleblowing, as the complicity of the women’s community in covering up what is happening to their neighbours comes to light. Cerini’s play revels in its language and in the Australian Gothic genre, and ultimately celebrates the strength and bravery of three women that the audience can’t help but root for in their struggle to survive.

Writer Angus Cerini (he/him) Director Sophie Drake (she/her) Producer Jessie Anand Productions Set / Costume Designer Jasmine Swan (she/her) Movement Director Iskandar R. Sharazuddin (he/him) Lighting Designer Ali Hunter (she/her) Casting Director Fran Cattaneo (she/her).

The Bleeding Tree: Wednesday 29th May – Saturday 22nd June 2024

Venue: Southwark Playhouse Borough, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tickets: The Bleeding Tree - Southwark Playhouse