Full Price: £12
Under 18s: FREE
Running time: 60 minutes – no interval | Age guidance 14+ | Trigger warning: sexual abuse and violence
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Written and performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless
Directed by Jesse Jones
“They’re sayin’ I brought it on myself.
Oh yeah, they’ve heard about me. Basically it must’ve been my fault cause I’m me, Destiny.”
Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate in Chippenham. She’s fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she’s had to be). Born below the breadline, she’s desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.
This semi-autobiographical monologue follows the story of a teenage girl growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate. After a big night out takes a turn for the worst Destiny’s life spirals out of control as she desperately tries to learn how to love and be loved.
Florence is a writer/performer from Chippenham, a town with no theatre and limited access to it. She began her journey into theatre at Trowbridge College, studying Performing Arts. She writes for both stage and screen about/with working class communities in the Southwest in the hope to make the arts more accessible to everyone regardless of background and geographical location. She is the 2021 Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre, and Open Session Writer at the Bristol Old Vic and an associate artist at Strike a Light, as part of the Let Artists Be Artists programme.
DESTINY was shortlisted for Theatre West’s ‘Write On Women’ Award and The Pleasance’s Edinburgh National Partnerships’ Award (in partnership with Bristol Old Vic Ferment). It has been developed with support from Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Pound Arts, Strike a Light, Wiltshire Creative, Natural Theatre, Paper Arts, Theatre Bristol, Hawkwood College, Arts Council England and Gane Trust.