Disabled women in dramatic spotlight

A WORLD premiere of a play depicting the lives of a group of disabled women is to take place in Ipswich, it has been announced. Produced by disabled-led theatre company Graeae, Flower Girls by Richard Cameron will open at the New Wolsey Theatre on Friday October 5.

A WORLD premiere of a play depicting the lives of a group of disabled women is to take place in Ipswich, it has been announced.

Produced by disabled-led theatre company Graeae, Flower Girls by Richard Cameron will open at the New Wolsey Theatre on Friday October 5.

The story of a secret community of disabled women, the play is based on a real community and is set partly amid the turmoil of the Second World War and partly during the 1960s.

Jenny Sealey, Graeae's artistic director, said: “The lives and loves of the John Groom's Flower Girls have finally been captured in this play.


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“These wonderful ladies have consciously and subconsciously shaped the future for today's disabled women.”

A story of indomitable spirit, fierce determination and of women bound by common experience, the play is inspired by memories of real flower girls now in old age.

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Peter Rowe, New Wolsey artistic director, said: “The research and development process on the script has revealed the extraordinary circumstances these women lived in and Richard's script captures the humour, humanity and spirit of six colourful characters determined to lead full and independent lives.”

The play opens on Friday October 5 and runs until October 10. To book tickets call the New Wolsey box office on 01473 295900 or visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

If you see this play tell us what you think by emailing entertainments reporter james.marston@eveningstar.co.uk.

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