Florence Espeut-Nickless

3rd Aug 2021 - 7th Aug 2021

Downstairs - Pleasance London

8:40pm, 6:30pm, 4:20pm

Suitable for ages 14 and above


Important information:

This show contains strobe lighting, stong language and adult themes including sexual abuse.

They’re sayin I brought it on myself.

Oh yeah, they’ve heard about me. Basically it must’ve been my fault cause I’m me, Destiny”

Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She's gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate in Chippenham. She’s fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she’s had to be). Born below the breadline, she’s desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.

This monologue follows the story of a teenage girl growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate. After a big night out takes a turn for the worse, Destiny’s life spirals out of control as she desperately tries to learn how to love and be loved.

Florence is a writer/performer from Chippenham, a town with no theatre and limited access to it. She writes for both stage and screen about and with working class communities in the South West, in the hope of making the arts more accessible to everyone, regardless of background and geographical location. She is the 2021 Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre, an Open Session Writer at Bristol Old Vic and an associate artist at Strike a Light, as part of the Let Artists Be Artists programme.

DESTINY was shortlisted for Theatre West’s ‘Write On Women’ Award. It has been developed with support from Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Pound Arts, Strike a Light, Wiltshire Creative, Natural Theatre, Paper Arts, Theatre Bristol, Hawkwood College, Arts Council England and Gane Trust.

The Company gives thanks to the following people and organisations for their help with this production:

Tobacco Factory Theatres, Pound Arts, Bristol Old Vic, Strike a Light, Gemma Brooks, Jean Goubert, Tim Crouch, Wiltshire Creative, Natural Theatre, Theatre Bristol, Paper Arts, Gane Trust, Matthew Emeny, Rina Vergano and the R&D team Lauren Gauge, Emile Clarke, Robert Turton, Clemency Calkin, Madi Mahoney.

Written and Performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless
Directed and Dramaturgy by Jesse Jones
Composed and Sound Designed by Joseff Harris
Lighting Design and Technical provided by Jenny Roxburgh
Produced by Vic Hole

Recipient of the 2021 National Partnership Award with Bristol Old Vic FERMENT, supported by the John Ellerman Foundation

This performance will be in Pleasance Downstairs which is operating at a maximum of 80% capacity to provide additional spacing to customers as restrictions relax. This is in addition to enhanced cleaning, additional hand sanitation stations, and improved ventilation throughout performances to provide the safest theatre experience possible. We also strongly encourage all ticket holders to wear a mask while inside the venue, unless exempt.

Age: 14+. There is the use of strobe lighting, strong language and adult themes.

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