About This Wide Night

On her release from prison, Lorraine heads straight to Marie's. On the inside they used to share everything, but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found. This Wide Night is a tender and fierce portrayal of two women trying to start again.

Over the rocky course of the week we see the bonds of their friendship tested, teased, and provoked as they try to reconnect and rekindle their relationship. We learn about the issues they have had with family, friends, lovers, and in Lorraine's case, about the son she lost over twenty years ago, with whom she is desperate to make contact.

Playwright Chloë Moss: "The play explores the importance and uniqueness of relationships formed in prison: how they can, or perhaps cannot, exist in another context; and also resettlement - when 'freedom' can actually feel like a very bleak and frightening prospect."

This Wide Night was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for the best play of 2009; an award given annually to recognize women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for English-speaking theatre.