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Damsel Productions Announce The World Premiere Of THE AMBER TRAP


Damsel Productions Announce The World Premiere Of THE AMBER TRAP

Damsel Productions today announces the world première of Tabitha Mortiboy's The Amber Trap. Hannah Hauer-King directs the production which opens on 29 April at Theatre503, with previews from 24 April and runs until 18 May.

"Some bones are like ice. They're weaker than you'd think."

Katie and her girlfriend Hope work at their local corner shop, where the days pass in quiet, comfortable rhythms. For Katie, the little shop is a sanctuary. A place where she can hold onto Hope without anybody watching. But when new employee Michael arrives, the sands start to shift and the air begins to thicken.

Producing their fifth UK première, all-female theatre company Damsel Productions presents The Amber Trap, an unsettling portrait of devotion and control.

Playwright Tabitha Mortiboy said, "I've been collaborating with Damsel since the conception of this play - it's inspired by a fascination with gender politics, and a drive to put authentic stories about queer women on stage, which is at the heart of Damsel's company ethos. I'm thrilled to be able to share this story with characters so close to my heart, and hope that it will become a part of the critical conversation about the dynamics of power in sex and relationships."

Tabitha Mortiboy began her writing career at Bristol Old Vic's Open Sessions scheme. Her writing credits include Billy Through the Window (The Wardrobe Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe, Udderbelly), Beacons (Park Theatre) and Bare Skin on Briny Waters (Edinburgh Fringe).

Hannah Hauer-King is a London based theatre director; her work lies primarily in new writing, adaptation and narratives with female-drive and/or LGBTQ themes. Her theatre credits include The Funeral Director (Southwark Playhouse & UK tour 2019), Fabric (Soho Theatre), Grotty, Breathe (Bunker Theatre), Fury (Soho Theatre), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (RCSSD), Clay (Pleasance Theatre), Witt 'n Camp (Edinburgh Fringe, Assembly Rooms) Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre), Hypernormal (Vaults Festival), Dead Playwright (ORL Theatre). Associate credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe), Radiant Vermin (Soho Theatre) and Daytona (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Hannah Hauer-King and Kitty Wordsworth co-founded Damsel Productions in 2015 to place women's voices centre stage. Damsel Productions hopes to be one cog in a larger and crucial movement addressing both the misrepresentation and under-representation of women in theatre. The idea is simple: to bring together women directors, producers, designers and all other creatives to breathe life into scripts exclusively written by women. Damsel Productions aim to provoke, inspire and entertain with true and honest representations of the female experience. Critically successful productions include the UK première of Ruby Rae Spiegel's Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre), Izzy Tennyson's Brute (Soho Theatre), Phoebe Eclair-Powell's Fury (Soho Theatre), Izzy Tennyson's Grotty (The Bunker) and Abi Zakarian's Fabric (Soho Theatre & London community centre Tour). Damsel also recently produced London's first ever all women directing festival Damsel Develops at The Bunker.

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