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Angela Clarke [1998] writes new play called The Legacy and showing at the Hope Theatre in London from 8-13 June

Following Angela’s successful first novel ‘Confessions of a Fashionista, she has now written her debut play , which is set in Harpenden, and is called, The Legacy. It has been given it’s first run at the HOPE THEATRE in Islington.

 The Legacy is darkly comic play about the squeezed middle (class), gender politics, and a mattress.

Everything changed the day Esther took her mattress to class. Esther claims it was a performance arts protest. Rebecca and husband Adam say it was attention seeking. The estranged sisters are reunited at the reading of their father’s will, where the very presence of Esther unnerves Rebecca and Adam. Cracks appear. Tempers fray. And the truth about Esther’s disappearance a decade ago finally surfaces.  In 2014 Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz became a lightning rod for worldwide anti-rape and women’s right protests, when she carried the mattress she was assaulted on to classes and lectures.

Inspired by those events THE LEGACY, by acclaimed author and debut playwright Angela Clarke, is a cynically funny play that explores gender, affluence, and shouting back.

Imagine if you took a politically minded, media savvy, online viral activist, and dropped them into conservative, status driven, vanilla suburbia?

Loving wife and mother Rebecca is thrilled when her estranged sister Esther shows up for the reading of their late father’s will. But free spirited Esther’s very presence soon disrupts Rebecca’s dream suburban life; prompting questions neither sister wants to face. Cracks appear. Tempers fray. And the truth about Esther’s disappearance a decade ago finally surfaces.

THE LEGACY is an exciting new play about love, money and bleeding heart liberals.

http://www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/the-legacy/