Why be the bigger person when you can be the last one standing?
Ink and Curtains is the ale of a dinner party with a dark secret. Alex and Laura quickly learn that their friend Mia may not let them all leave alive.
Closure wields dark comedy and vicious catharsis to explore feminine rage, women's rights and – more importantly – women's wrongs.
3rd-29th August, The Pleasance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
26th-28th January, HOME Manchester
Online showings TBC
Sexual violence mentioned, assault, scene of grevious bodily harm, non consensual drug use, drinking, smoking, swearing
Faye Draper as MIA
Faye Draper is Scouse queer and working-class theatre maker with a passion for political and in your face theatre. She has co-founded two theatre companies Succour Punch Theatre LTD a feminist theatre company as well as Ink and Curtain. Faye likes to cross the boundaries between comedy, satire and tragedy. She has directed such shows as ‘Stripped’, ‘Bojo’s World’ and ‘Let Me Count the Ways’. Closure was her first full length production as a solo playwright, debuting at The Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Nina Holland-Smith as LAURA
Nina Holland-Smith is a Manchester-based actor and returned to acting during the first lockdown of the pandemic. Her favourite genres to work in are both comedy and gritty drama, and being involved in projects that offer a different perspective, leaving a lasting impact on the audience. She was intrigued with this project through her passion for feminist rights.
This year, Nina is directing her first play at her local theatre in Ramsbottom, being one of the few female directors.
Conor Burns as ALEX
Since moving to Liverpool, Conor has worked with Imaginarium Theatre on performing outdoor Shakespeare. Conor has played roles such as Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Israel Hands in Treasure Island and Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet. Conor has also played John Proctor in The Crucible, produced by Techne Theatre Company and worked on several projects with Grin Theatre. Conor performed in a play called National Killing Day at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 and performed in There's a Dead Body in My Baby's Sandpit, produced by Falling Doors Theatre in 2020. Since theatres reopened, Conor has performed in As You Like It and Jigsaw by Mark Davoren for Boss New Plays.
Directed by Maz Hedgehog
Maz Hedgehog is a writer and performer somewhere between poetry and theatre. A co-founder of Ink and Curtains, their work is lyrical and imaginative, frequently inspired by folklore and mythology. Their latest book, The Body in Its Seasons, came out with Burning Eye in April 2022 and their debut solo show, Let Me Count the Ways toured in partnership with HER Productions summer 2022. Closure is Maz's directorial debut. Find them wasting too much time on twitter and instagram @MazHedgehog
Set and Costume by
Lighting Design by
Sound Design by
Sandra Voiceover by
Sorcha Corcoran and Zoey Barnes
The Closure Reading List
for after the show
Promising Young Woman, 2020
The Accused, 1988
Lady Vengeance, 2005
Jennifer's Body, 2009
Prima Facie, Suzie Miller
Maryland, Lucy Kirkland
Miss Julie, August Strindberg or After Miss Julie, Patrick Marber
Venus, Susan Lori Parks
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi
Boy Parts, Eliza Clark
A Certain Type of Hunger, Chelsea G. Summers
Midnight Robber, Nalo Hopkinson
Feminism is for Everybody, Bell Hooks
The work of Artemisia Gentilesci (visual art)
Guilty Feminist Podcast
Lemonade, Beyonce (visual album)