Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood

Presented by Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal


Two staged readings of the short play Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood will take place at Friargate Theatre on Friday 26 November at 18:30 and 20:30. Kirkwood’s 30 minute play was written as a passionate and furious act of resistance to draw attention to the shocking numbers of women who repeatedly suffer violent abuse throughout the UK.  The play is not specific, it addresses issues of police behaviour and a culture of violence against women and girls.


After recent sold out performances in London, the Royal Court Theatre has offered the play for free to other theatre companies to perform it in solidarity and in protest.

Riding Lights Theatre Company has taken up the offer from the Royal Court. The play will be directed by Bridget Foreman, Associate Director for Riding Lights Theatre Company.

We hope these performances will be sold out and that audiences will include a high proportion of men as well as women. We invite you to come to Friargate Theatre and make this protest your own in the company of others.
Audience members will be invited to make a recommended donation of £7 or more to SURVIVE, a York based charity supporting survivors of sexual abuse.

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Guidance and Emotive Content Warnings for Maryland

Please note that this play contains strong language and is not suitable for children. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s experience of new writing from the Royal Court but here is a list of specific emotive content and themes in Maryland.

References to sexual assault, rape and violence
References of abduction and murder
References of police brutality and coercion