Wretch, The Vaults
A one-act play about life after homelessness, Wretch was inspired by three months of interviews that writer Rebecca Walker conducted with vulnerably housed women at a day centre in Whitechapel. Originally commissioned by Into the Wolf Productions, Wretch completed an Arts-Council-funded tour of drop-in centres, night shelters and drug rehabilitation units in 2015, to overwhelmingly positive reviews from its audiences who shared lived experience with the play’s characters. Wretch has been reworked into a play with songs by London-based band Eliza and the Bear. In a taut seventy minute show, three actors and a band of musicians bring the too-keenly-felt world of Amy and Irena’s hopes and delusions into brilliant, disconcerting life.
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A women’s hostel outside London, where the noise never stops but you’re always alone. An ex-teacher and an ex-junkie, who met on a night bus during long, dark nights of homelessness. A year on, Irena has rebuilt her life. But just as she thinks she is safe, Amy crashes head-first back into it with bigger dreams for life’s second chances.