This Wide Night
18 February – 7 March 2021
Backdock Arts, 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Starring Julia Johnson and Shardé Anne, with direction and design by Michael Beh and produced by Terry Hansen, This Wide Night explores the importance and uniqueness of relationships formed in prison: how they can, or perhaps cannot, exist in another context, and resettlement where ‘freedom’ can actually feel like a very bleak and frightening concept.
Chloe Moss’ play, written in a women’s prison, is a tender portrayal of two women trying to start again. On her release from prison, Lorraine heads straight to Marie’s. On the inside they used to share everything but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.
As part of the rehearsal process, A Moveable Theatre conducted two ninety-minute workshop performances of a pivotal scene from the play followed by a facilitated discussion with women serving sentences at Helana Jones Correctional Centre in Brisbane. A Moveable Theatre then took what they had learned and performed to support workers of Ser04’s MARA Project and other SEQ re-entry programs. Both groups resoundingly endorsed this play and this production as a real representation of women struggling to re-join the wider community.