• 24 Jun -
      26 Jun 2021
      24 Jun - 26 Jun 2021


    Written and performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless
    Directed by Jesse Jones

    “They’re sayin I brought it on myself.

    Oh yeah, they’ve heard about me. Basically it must’ve been my fault cause I’m me, Destiny”

    We’re very proud to have supported Florence in the development of her new production, DESTINY, and that it now forms part of our reopening season.

    Destiny dreams big. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate in Chippenham. She’s fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she’s had to be). Born below the breadline, she’s desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.

    This semi-autobiographical monologue follows the story of a teenage girl growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate. After a big night out takes a turn for the worse, Destiny’s life spirals out of control as she desperately tries to learn how to love and be loved.

    Florence is a writer/performer from Chippenham, a town with no theatre and limited access to it. She writes for both stage and screen about and with working class communities in the South West, in the hope of making the arts more accessible to everyone, regardless of background and geographical location. She is the 2021 Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre, an Open Session Writer at Bristol Old Vic and an associate artist at Strike a Light, as part of the Let Artists Be Artists programme.

    DESTINY was shortlisted for Theatre West’s ‘Write On Women’ Award and The Pleasance’s ‘Edinburgh National Partnerships’ Award (in partnership with Bristol Old Vic Ferment). It has been developed with support from Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Pound Arts, Strike a Light, Wiltshire Creative, Natural Theatre, Paper Arts, Theatre Bristol, Hawkwood College, Arts Council England and Gane Trust.


    AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+ (contains references to sexual abuse and violence)

    Connect Ticket £12 We are so happy to be welcoming audiences back and want to make sure people feel able to attend by keeping our prices as low as possible.

    Rebuild Ticket £20 If you are able to spend a little more, your contribution will support our theatre and the artists and companies with whom we work, as we rebuild our future.

    As we reopen our doors, we know that our audiences will have a variety of feelings and questions about returning to a theatre. We’ve prepared some frequently asked questions here, which we’ll be updating regularly.


    Members Priority Booking Fri 14 May

    General Booking Wed 19 May

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