When the World Stood Still by Penny Shields, Lisa Wharton and Carrie Bird
Sisters, Lynn and Helen have always had very different outlooks on life, one creative and artistic and the other much more pragmatic. Both live alone on different sides of the country but they share a common genetic disorder that has always been manageable and monitored annually. March 2020 changed this forever.
This is Lynn’s story, based on the true reflections of someone living in a pandemic that could have fatal consequences. Parody and song are used throughout to reflect the increasing frustrations of an inept government’s ever changing rules and regulations.
This play was submitted as part of the ‘37 Plays Project – Writing the Stories of our Nation’ established by the RSC to commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare completed his first folio. More than 2000 plays were submitted from people of all ages throughout the country, shortlisted to 71 and then 37 selected by a panel of ten to make up the new 37 Plays Folio. The Theatre Royal Nottingham is a partner for this project and details of two of the 37 plays selected and other events can be found at https://trch.co.uk/?s=37+plays+
‘When the World Stood Still’ will be presented as a rehearsed reading by members of the local community on Tuesday 7th November at 11.00 followed by light refreshments, a Q & A and discussion.