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Kidnapped. A prisoner. 563 Days. But what happens after she escapes?


Alice spent much of her adolescence held prisoner in a single room. Now an adult, her life seems fine – she has a lovely home with five kinds of pasta in the kitchen cupboard!


However, Alice is unsure how to break out of her own head and form meaningful connections with the rest of the world, as she continues to live in the internal imaginary realm she created as a refuge from a horrific environment.


Determined to take back power and control of her own narrative, Alice is fuelled with rage against a world that simultaneously seeks to victimise her and exploit her victimisation. But, after years of fighting for escape, her real struggle for freedom is with herself.


Claustrophilia is a one-woman play about trauma, PTSD, misery porn, the limits of the human imagination, and unrequited love. It was first performed at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre as a work in progress in June 2016 and was also presented as part of Courting Drama at the Southwark Playhouse.


Naomi Westerman


Rebecca Gwyther


Eleanor Crosswell


The Lion & Unicorn Theatre – May 2016

VAULT Festival – February 2017

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