Linked by common threads of hope, fear, love and survival, Christine Lindsay does not offer blame or reason but in each story highlights the difficulties faced by these women in the society of their time. Told in a chorus of words, rhyme and stand up comedy, the collective voice of the women is heard and leaves you asking questions about the justice system and conditions facing women prisoners.

This production brings together the award winning team of Stellar Quines Artistic Director Muriel Romanes and designer Keith McIntyre who together created The Unconquered, winner of the Best New Play in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, 2007.

Christine Lindsay joined the Scottish Prison Service in 1976 and spent the equivalent of two life sentences behind bars. Some of her time was spent at Cornton Vale Prison and inspired her to write this play. During that time she enjoyed going to the theatre and wrote poetry and short stories before she became a playwright. Lindsay has advised on the Traverse Theatre’s production of Rona Munro’s Iron in 2002 and also Shed Productions TV drama Bad Girls.

Here’s what the audience think:

“loved Dare to Care @traversetheatre tonight. Powerful stuff delivered by an amazing cast.”

“Just home after a visit with my WEA class. Will get back to you with comments after we have discussed it next week. I thought it was very powerful. Loved the music.”

“Just wanted to say fantastic job for last night’s performance. Congratulation to the cast, astounding talent! You should all be extremely proud!”

An FST bursary, made available with funding from Creative Scotland, has enabled Sarah MacDonald to work as an assistant director on this production.

  • This play contains strong language.
  • Age recommendation is 14+
  • Running time approx 65 minutes

With thanks to: DM Audio, Blue Parrot Productions, Amir Sherhan, Grid Iron and Vanishing Point.

Reviews

...a set of gutsy performances from one of the strongest acting ensembles you're likely to see of any gender... (Neil Cooper - The Herald)
Muriel Romanes' production features six fine and compelling performances (Joyce Macmillan - The Scotsman)
Muriel Romanes...choreographs her excellent six-strong cast through an inventive pattern of solos and ensemble pieces. (Mark Fisher - The Guardian)
Persuasively performed by the ensemble...Muriel Romanes's production is distinguished by its refusal to judge or applaud (Allan Radcliffe - The Times)
loved Dare to Care @traversetheatre tonight. Powerful stuff delivered by an amazing cast. (Audience comment)
Just home after a visit with my WEA class. Will get back to you with comments after we have discussed it next week. I thought it was very powerful. Loved the music. (Audience comment)
Just wanted to say fantastic job for last night's performance. Congratulation to the cast, astounding talent! You should all be extremely proud! (Audience comment)

Production Tour Dates

Dare to Care (2014)

Dare to Care is a co-production between Stellar Quines and Fife Cultural Trust.

Creative Team

  • Writer: Christine Lindsay
  • Director: Muriel Romanes
  • Assistant Director: Sarah MacDonald
  • Art & Design: Keith McIntyre
  • Video & Art Design: Jade Currie
  • Musical Director & Arranger: Hilary Brooks
  • Lighting Designer: Jeanine Davies
  • Sound Design: Philip Pinsky
  • Additional Music Composition: Patricia Panther
  • Movement Director: Janis Claxton

Cast

  • Alexandra Mathie
  • Molly Innes
  • Scarlett Mack
  • Rebecca Elise
  • Meg Fraser
  • Anne Kidd

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