All-female crime drama comes to London’s Pleasance Theatre.
Caught is a crime drama where three actresses play six contrasting characters. This is a new play about six young women’s journey through criminal justice, challenging expectations about crime, betrayal and deceit.
Women in the Arts
Leah Lawry-Johns wrote Caught after feeling that there were not enough strong roles for women in theatre. Whilst there are a number of great contemporary dramas, few feature women prominently or pass the Bechdel test.
The Bechdel test is a simple way to measure the presence of female characters in films and theatre against three requirements:
1. The play has to have at least two women in it,
2. who talk to each other,
3. about something besides a man
There are remarkably few plays, films and television programmes which satisfy these basic criteria. Caught places women at the heart of the story.
There are two sides to every story.
Three actresses play six defiant characters in a story that challenges expectations of crime, punishment and justice. The play is set in Canterbury, where, sparked by the mysterious murder of a young woman, Detective Inspector Acton faces off against five adversaries, the suspects. As she attempts to uncover their darkest secrets, her own start to come into view.
“A murder can be tricky. An accidental murder will leave traces. This case however was clever, planned. Modern forensics can trace anyone from the smallest molecule of hair or flake of skin. But for this case, we have nothing. Whoever did this, whoever killed Emily, knew exactly what they were doing.”
This is the second project which Lawry-Johns has funded through crowdfunding. Using the Kickstarter platform, we have built a community of supporters who have invested in the show, and will receive rewards like tickets, signed programmes and props from the show.
Dates and Times
Pleasance Theatre Islington
2nd – 5th September 8pm
Sat: 2pm and 8pm
020 7609 1800
Detective Acton/Alison Humphrys: Serena Chloe Gardner
Sinead Riley/Rachel Young: Leah Lawry-Johns
Helen Roberts/Chloe Collins: Ella Duncan
Written by Leah Lawry-Johns
Directed by Eduard Lewis
Produced by Joe Shellard