The Wrong Sleep
Partly inspired by true events.
A darkly surreal play exploring religion, terrorism, female sexuality and obsession.
14th July – 1st August, 2009 at Cock Tavern Theatre, London
A desolate town is shaken by a blast at its core. Suspicions abound, its inhabitants should look inside where a stranger manipulates the society from within. This stranger is Janet, a young woman torn between Islam, Christianity and secularism. She is a victim of her confused childhood, of her sexuality and of her mental disarray. THE WRONG SLEEP tells the story of a woman plagued by insomnia, the demons in her mind and the demons of her past. During her sleepless nights violence and religion lure her towards committing acts of terrifying brutality. Violence and sex are the only ways Janet feels she can communicate with the world.
In January 2007 THE WRONG SLEEP had a reading at the Pleasance. After developing the script through workshops it was performed at Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, 2008. The Cock Tavern Theatre presented this new production as part of their dynamic season of World Premieres in July 2009.
Janet- Nadia Shash
Priest- David McClelland
Written by Mary Mazzilli
Directed by Adam Morley
Produced by David Ahlbrecht
"Mazzilli’s intense, poetic language flits between themes of sex and incest, imperialism and terrorism, compassion and retribution. It challenges and touches the audience ... manages to engage from beginning to end"
from UKtheatre; for full review click here.
“Mazzilli’s writing is poetic, strange and enlightening.”
**** from Fringe Review for full review Click Here
To hear the writer and director talking about the production click here.
Erica Miller & Victoria Cartwright
Annarita Mazzilli- Production Manager
Zuzana Jochman – Production Executive