True Name

14th Apr 2020 - 2nd May 2020

Downstairs - Pleasance London

8pm, 6pm, 3:30pm


"Look at us both. Proper grown women. Like kids on a Saturday night, waiting for our kids to come bail us out."

1995. Brightlingsea. A small port in rural Essex. Residents wake up to lorries thundering through the town, carrying live captive animals in horrendous conditions. A motley crew of mums, grannies, and skiving school kids unite; they know they have to do something to stop it.
Over the next 10 months, the unlikely group becomes committed and remarkable activists, facing arrest and encountering the brunt of police brutality. Humane - a new play by Polly Creed, directed by Imy Wyatt Corner - tells their true story.

Supported by the Cockayne Foundation and Arts Council England.

Polly Creed


Imogen Wyatt Corner

Sound designer
Nicola T Chang

Lighting designer
Lucía Sánchez Roldán

Set and costume 
Daisy Blower

Movement direction 
Ruby Portus 

Stage manager
Ffion Loynes 

Open/closeReviews and Quotations

'[A] story with obdurate humanity.'
5 stars

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