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Jailed without charges: New play ‘Meek’ explores the balance between religion and state control at The Lowry.

New play ‘Meek’ will explore the balance between religion and state control when it comes to The Lowry Wed 19 – Sat 22 Sept.

Written by Penelope Skinner, ‘Meek’ is a mysterious play that follows Irene on a haunting journey when she is imprisoned without charges.

Based in a society ruled by God’s law, Irene is faced with making a tough decision which may save her.

Award-winning writer Penelope Skinner is recognised as one of the UK’s leading voices in contemporary theatre. She said “On a small-scale, it is a story about friendship, faith, shame and betrayal. On a wider-scale, it is about the ways in which spirituality can be co-opted for political gain, and the impact of that on our personal freedoms. It is also a play about love.”

Penelope Skinner’s impassioned play for Headlong in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, is a searing evocation of fraught times; a haunting vision of ruthless authoritarianism, tense friendships and one woman’s determination not to be broken.

Directed by Amy Hodge, the show stars Scarlett Brookes, Shvorne Marks and Amanda Wright.

In a society where private lives become political and freedom of expression is not an option, Irene finds herself imprisoned. As tales of her incarceration spread overseas and her growing exposure becomes a threat, she is forced to make a brutal decision.

Design by Max Jones. Lighting by Zoe Spurr. Sound and composition by Melanie Wilson.