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The Strongbox at The Network Theatre

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Septuagenarian Ma and her daughter, Kat, keep a homeless teenager, Maudie, as a slave in their old London house. Now Kat's away, expanding the family business. Ma's old, and getting ill, and she finds she likes it when Maudie tells her stories. And what will happen when Kat gets home? So what what will Maudie do with her new-found power? The Strongbox has been made by the all female team that brought you The Quick: 'tough touching and witty' Time Out ????. Committed to creating unfamiliar and under-represented female voices they bring you three strong, violent, funny women aged between 17 and 75. Their story, which explores the hidden world of domestic slavery, is strange, chewy and unforgettable. Based on a true contemporary London story, The Strongbox explores what we're capable of if we let ourselves think others are less than human. It's tense and savage, but funny and tender. It asks if we can live without trying to control each other, and who we'd need to be in order to make a more caring society. The poetic language and caustic humour, the claustrophobic setting of The Vaults themselves, and the eerie original soundscape all give the story a heightened reality. Sometimes it feels like a horrible fairy tale. But then you remember that it is real.

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