In 2008 Rebecca Lenkiewicz became the first living female playwright to have an original play staged on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre (Her Naked Skin). Her quietly powerful and all-seeing new play, written in response to real-life cuts to legal aid, weaves together the stories of ordinary people fighting for their right to justice.
On her one night off this week, lawyer Gail is on a date with a man called Ken. It isn’t going well. All he really wants is some sympathy. All she wants is a bottle of rosé, a little fun, and to forget it all.
But Gail can’t switch off. Not really. Because in a bedroom in Southall a woman is being abused and there’s no one to help her. Up and down the country people are being forced to represent themselves in court. Tomorrow morning an old man will wake up to a different world. Changed. Hated. Invisible.