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Chalk Line Theatre presents

Blanket Ban

by Davinia Hamilton
and Marta Vella
25 APR - 20 MAY 2023

Ticket Prices:
£20 | £16 concessions | All previews £16 | Pioneers' Preview (25 April) £7.50

Following a SOLD OUT Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, as winners of the Underbelly and New Diorama Untapped Award, hit-show Blanket Ban transfers to Southwark Playhouse Borough.

A rallying cry on behalf of the women of Malta who have been denied life saving abortions.

“Sometimes I’m afraid of this play.”

Malta: Catholic kitsch, golden sun, deep blue sea, Eurovision – and a blanket ban on abortion.

Propelled by three years of interviews with anonymous contributors and their own lived experience, actors and activists Marta and Davinia interrogate Malta’s restrictions on the freedom of women.

What does it mean for your country to implement trailblazing social justice laws, but have some of the world’s strictest abortion laws?

After the performance of Blanket Ban on Wednesday 10 May, activists and creators of Blanket Ban, Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella, will be joined by Peyvand Sadeghian and Isabella Leung to discuss the journeys, joys and challenges of making work based on current political realities and personal lived experience. They will also talk about the importance of making political theatre which invites the audience to get involved and take action on pertinent issues. This will be a short informal conversation, chaired by Lara Parmiani, with opportunities for questions from audiences.


Reviews

“It makes theatre seem essential when it so often doesn’t.” Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

★★★★★ “Hard-hitting, and painfully eye-opening.” Theatre Weekly

★★★★★ “A heart-shatteringly brilliant piece of theatre.” SkinnyMagazine

★★★★★ “Theatre such as this is rare.” MickeyJoTheatre

★★★★ “It seems impossible to leave Blanket Ban without a sense of the great peril of the lack of abortion access in Malta – and of course, across the western world.” WhatsOnStage

Details

Theatre: The Little

Mon – Sat: 8pm

Tue & Sat: 3.30pm

Running Time: 85 minutes.

No interval and no re-entry.

Contains haze, strong language, depictions of rape/suicide, flashing lights, graphic depictions of abuse, references to miscarriage and abortion and references to the holocaust.

Recommended for ages 14+.

Audio Described

Tuesday 16th May at 3.30pm

The Company

Marta Vella
PERFORMER AND WRITER
Davinia Hamilton
PERFORMER AND WRITER
Chantelle Micallef Grimaud
UNDERSTUDY
Sam Edmunds
CO-DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Vikesh Godhwani
CO-DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Isabella Van Braeckel
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
Stephanie Dale
DRAMATURG
Natalie Chan
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Holly Ellis
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Tom Fitch
VIDEO DESIGNER
Sophie Vera McLean
STAGE MANAGER
Natalia Knowlton
MARKETING OFFICER
Mobius PR
PRESS OFFICER

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