Woman of Flowers
by Kaite O’Reilly
What happens when you want a different life to the one chosen for you? A story of desire, duty, deceit and revenge.
An innovative re-telling of an ancient Welsh myth – Blodeuwedd from The Mabinogi – where nothing is quite as it seems. Rose cannot remember what came before the house at the edge of the isolated forest. Gwynne says he magicked her out of the flowers, but she’s not so sure. She has played the part of the perfect farmer’s wife for Lewis, who is kept firmly in place by his uncle Gwynne, and accepted her lonely existence. Then a stranger is seen in the forest. What lengths will she go to, to escape the life chosen for her?
Using a cross-art form approach, this beautiful piece of storytelling will feature live music, dance, video, theatricalised sign and surtitles.
“…This wonderful production should be seen by everyone…Kaite O’Reilly’s script sparkles with her trademark wit and use of evocative language Sophie Stone is mesmerizing” Disability Arts Online
“…captivating; Kaite O’Reilly’s play takes elements of ancient Welsh myth and splices them with something more contemporary and sinister.” The Stage
“Lyn Gardner’s Pick of the Week” The Guardian
“…beautifully executed; an exciting play that featured clever design choices, powerful performances and a creeping, unsettling sense of claustrophobia and fear…” 4 stars.
About the author
Kaite (Caitlin) O’Reilly is an award-winning playwright. Yard won the 1998 Peggy Ramsay Award and was subsequently produced at the Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin. Belonging opened at Birmingham Rep’s The Door in 2000. Lives Out of Step in 2001, was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of the experimental radio drama strand, The Wire. Future commissions include: Sgript Cymru and Contact Theatre, Manchester. She is working on her first feature film.