THE JAILER’S DAUGHTER - PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 16 JULY 2019
Performance Dates: 20th August – 24th August 2019
Performance Times: 7:30pm / 2:30pm Saturday matinee
Press Night: 21st August
Running time: 115 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Location: The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London, E14 3RS
FEMALE-LED THEATRE COLLECTIVE, THE UNDISPOSABLES, RETURN TO THE SPACE FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR WITH THEIR EXPLOSIVE NEW PLAY, THE JAILER’S DAUGHTER
A DARK, MODERN DAY MASH UP OF SHAKESPEARE, LOVE ISLAND AND BLACK MIRROR
THIS GROUND-BREAKING NEW PRODUCTION INTEGRATES AUDIENCE RESPONSE TECHNOLOGY, HANDING YOU THE REMOTE CONTROL FOR THE FIRST TIME.
“This is the reality we’re stuck in. If you want to make any difference, if you really want to take down this show, you have to do it from the inside.”
In a world obsessed with looks, money and ‘good’ TV, Julia battles for her voice to be heard. But it’s the audience that has ultimate control in this enjoyably twisted mash-up of Love Island, Shakespeare and Black Mirror.
Esther Joy Mackay’s debut play is centred around the formerly unnamed Jailer’s daughter from Shakespeare and Fletcher’s The Two Noble Kinsmen and set in a live-televised celebrity jail. The Jailer’s Daughter tells the story of Julia’s battle with a society that revels in sacrificing basic human rights for the sake of reality TV, and explores the conscious and unconscious bias against women in modern society through this dark retelling of a questionable classic. Mackay said “We’ve clearly come a long way since Shakespeare’s day, but yet we keep repeating these questionable stories about women. I’m taking back control, exploring the strength and fire within one of Shakespeare’s little-known females”.
The Jailer’s Daughter was first presented to great success as part of a season of new work at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre (Walthamstow). Expanded and developed, this ground-breaking new production integrates audience response technology to hand YOU the remote control, and the responsibility, for the first time.
Following their sell-out run of The Wasp by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm last April, The UnDisposables, return to The Space for their second time this year. Since March 2018, The UnDisposables have produced thirty short plays and commissioned four new full-lengths, fast becoming known for producing “topical, fringe theatre at its best.” (The West End Audience, 2018). This London-based theatre collective provide an open and collaborative community for emerging artists to create new work within the arts.