Sat 11 September
Roundabout in Victoria Park: May Queen
Part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout 2021 season
By Frankie Meredith
May Day in Coventry, 2022. Sixteen-year-old Leigh has been chosen as May Queen. She’s buzzin, as is the rest of the city.
The cider is flowing and St George’s flag is flying – but during the day’s festivities something happens. Something disturbing but maybe… unsurprising.
As the year moves on in the City of Peace and Reconciliation, Leigh must face up to the events of that hot May Day, and dig deep within herself to ask – how did she get here? And how does she get out?
Frankie is a midlands-based playwright and theatre maker. Having gained a place on the Lyric Hammersmith Young Writers Programme she started writing short plays which were performed at various theatres around London.
Frankie was Paines Plough’s Playwright Fellow 19-20 during which time she had some of her work translated into Catalan and performed in Barcelona.
Please note this performance takes place at Roundabout in Victoria Park, Swinton.
Age Guidance: 12+
Running time: 70 minutes
Content warning: Strong language, sexual assault
Trigger warning: Description of sexual assault