A new play by Lucy Kirkwood, originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in October 2021. 

MARYLAND, written in response to the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, is hosted by Theatre Royal Stratford East at Stratford Youth Zone. 

After a sell-out run at the Royal Court in October, the MARYLAND performance script has been offered for free to any theatre company or drama training organisation in the UK interested in staging their own script-in-hand reading. 

"This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too." Playwright Lucy Kirkwood

This production of MARYLAND is being directed by Eva Sampson. Cast includes Anya Chalotra, Alex Jarrett, Tamzin Outhwaite and Michael Shaeffer. Playing the Furies will be members of Stratford East’s Front of House staff and Young Company members who will include: Melody Adeniran, Elsie Frangou, Thalia Gambe, Jade Leanne, Ella McCallum and Maya Bartley O’Dea.



Age Guidance: 16+ Click here for content advisory notes.

Runtime: 30 minutes (no interval)

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Alex Jarrett - Mary
Anya Chalotra - Mary 2
Tamzin Outhwaite - DC Eddowes
Michael Shaeffer - DC Moody

The Furies 
Melody Adeniran
Elsie Frangou
Thalia Gambe
Jade Leanne 
Ella McCallum
Maya Bartley O’Dea

Writer - Lucy Kirkwood
Director - Eva Sampson


Alex Jarrett
Theatre credits include: We Anchor in Hope (Bunker Theatre), Aisha (Old Red Lion, Tristan Bates), Our Generation (National Theatre/Chichester). Alex was a member of Stratford East Youth Theatre.

TV credits include: Adult Material (Fifty Fathoms for Channel 4) as Phoebe, Sitting (BBC4) as Cassandra, and Les Miserables as Azelma Thernadier (BBC).

Alex has featured in the Virgin Media ad campaign and will soon be seen in As Dusk Falls (Xbox, Interior Night).

Anya Chalotra
Mary 2

Theatre credits include: Peter Gynt (National Theatre), The Village (Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe).

Television credits include: The Witcher (Netflix), No Masks (Sky Arts/Theatre Royal Stratford East), The ABC Murders (BBC), Wanderlust (BBC/Netflix) and Sherwood (YouTube).
In 2020, Anya was names as Screen International's Star Of Tomorrow, and received the IMDb Breakout STARmeter Award. Anya will soon be seen in season two of The Witcher and in the highly anticipated sci-fi animation New-Gen.

Tamzin Outhwaite
DC Eddowes
Theatre credits include: The Haunting of Alice Bowles (Original Theatre), Stepping Out (West End), How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Di & Viv & Rose (Vaudeville Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), Raving (Hampstead), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Boeing Boeing (West End), Breathing Corpses (Royal Court), Oliver (Palladium) and Grease (Dominion).

TV credits include: Death In Paradise (Red Planet), We Hunt Together (BBC), Ridley Road (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV) and Hotel Babylon (BBC).

Film credits include: Bull, Great Expectations, Radio Café Cod, Cassandra’s Dream, Backwaters, and 7 Seconds.

Michael Shaeffer
DC Moody
Theatre credits include: A Very Expensive Poison (Old Vic), Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre), Girl From the North Country (Old Vic), The Iliad (Almeida), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), How To Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Little Revolution (Almeida), Mr Burns (Almeida) and London Road (National Theatre).

TV credits include: Karen Pirie (ITV), Rogue Heroes (BBC), The Salisbury Poisonings (BBC), The Liberator (Netflix), Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic/HBO) and Bodyguard (BBC).

Film credits include: All The Old Knives, Star Wars: Rogue One, London Road, and Anna Karenina.

Melody Adeniran
Melody Adeniran is excited to be a part of the Chorus of Furies in Maryland after being a member of the Young Company at Stratford East earlier this year, performing in the devised show Scream Fire (For the Revolution). She has most recently performed at the Bloomsbury Festival in Umbrella, showcasing the work of a new playwright while also taking part in a rehearsed reading. Melody starred in the short film Love in Tinderworld in 2020, and after training at Identity School of Acting for two years, she is now studying at MN Academy.

Elsie Frangou
Elsie Frangou is thrilled to be making her professional theatre debut at Stratford Youth Zone. She is a recent graduate of Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company where she most recently portrayed Buckingham in Richard III and Man in Hannah Khalil’s Scenes from 72* Years.

 Thalia Gambe
Thalia Gambe is an actor and singer from London. She is currently training in Acting at Rose Bruford College. Recent Credits include: Punk Rock (Stratford East), Blue Corridor 15 (BBC4) and START (Theatre Peckham).

Jade Leanne

Jade Leanne is an R&B artist, dancer and actress from East London, w

In 2018, Jade burst onto the music scene with the release of her first original single, She. Fast forward to April 2020, Jade released her highly anticipated debut EP, The Experience, landing the artist her first international radio play in America and the title of, Rookie Of The Year 2020 at the State Of R&B Awards.

Theatre credits include performing in the National Theatre Connections’ production of Extremism at the National Theatre, and Stratford East’s Panto, Rapunzel.

Ella McCallum
Ella McCallum is an actor and theatre maker from London. As part of the 2020/21 Young Company cohort, she is thrilled to make her return to Stratford East with such an important piece of theatre. 

Recent credits include: Heart of Hammersmith (Lyric Hammersmith), Scream Fire (for the Revolution) (Stratford East) and Imaam Imraan (National Youth Theatre).

Maya Bartley O’Dea
Maya is an actor and producer. Stage credits include Northern Girls (Pilot Theatre), Punk Rock (Stratford East), and Hairspray and Spring Awakening for York Stage Musicals.

She is part of National Youth Theatre and Stratford East Young Company.

Lucy Kirkwood
Theatre credits include: NSFW (Royal Court), Like Rabbits (Brighton Festival), Chimerica (Almeida/Headlong/West End); Hansel & Gretel, Beauty & The Beast (National), Housekeeping (Theatre Uncut/Southwark/Latitude), Small Hours (Hampstead), Bloody Wimmin (Tricycle), it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Clean Break/Arcola), Psychogeography, Guns or Butter (Union), Tinderbox (Bush) and Hedda (Gate).

Awards include: Olivier Award for Best New Play (Chimerica), Evening Standard Award for Best New Play (Chimerica) and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (Chimerica).

Eva Sampson
Eva Sampson trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and at the University of Birmingham. Eva is currently Associate Director on Four Quartets with Ralph Fiennes at The Harold Pinter Theatre. Eva Sampson is the Co-Artistic Director of How It Ended Theatre Company and is an Associate Artist of National Youth Theatre.

Work as Director includes: Heart of Hammersmith (Lyric Hammersmith), The Little Gardener (Kew Gardens), The Last Nine Months (Vaults Festival), Sticky (Southwark Playhouse), The Tide (Young Vic), The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Watford Palace Theatre), Peter Rabbit (Singapore Repertory), Rudolf (Leeds Playhouse) and Decades (Brixton House).

Work as Staff Director at The National Theatre includes: The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call and Downstate with Steppenwolf Theatre.

Work as Associate and Assistant Director includes: Olivier Award winning Noye’s Fludde (Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO), Twelfth Night (Young Vic, Jerwood Assistant Director) and Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas ( Lyric Hammersmith).

Eva was Resident Assistant Director for Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2019 season: This is My Family and 8 Hotels.

Digital Theatre work includes: Meet Mo, Ribena and Jack and the Beanstalk: A Pocket Pantomime (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and At the Statue of Venus (Royal Opera House). As Associate Director: Unprecedented (Headlong and Century Films), a major digital project broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine Season. For TV/Radio: That's How It Feels, REED TVC Campaign (MYNT and Kingdom Creative) and Keep the Home Fires Burning (The Culture Trust Luton).

More Information

Please note, these performances are taking place at Stratford Youth Zone, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX (formerly Stratford Circus).

Tickets for this production are £5. If you are able to, please consider making a donation to Rape Crisis England & Wales charity here

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the umbrella organisation for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres who provide a range of specialist services for women and girls that have been raped or experienced any form of sexual violence – whether as adults or as children. Find out more here

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