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Shoreditch Madonna

Rebecca Lenkiewicz
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‘An absorbing work, full of passion, pathos and sly humour, set in the hip art scene of London’s East End…. There is a rare combination of pain, wit and originality in Lenkiewicz’s writing that bodes exceptionally well for the future… This is a play that combines raw pain, frank sexuality and ribald comedy to potent and ultimately uplifting effect.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Lenkiewicz, whose characters speak with vicious and lyrical fluency, catches people in the grip of erotic-emotional trouble… in this rich comedy of crazy Eros.’ Evening Standard

‘Fresh, self-confident and thoughtful… Lenkiewicz writes fine dialogue, and every word feels comfortable in the mouths of her actors. Their conversations are crisp, witty and sexy – her text repays reading….Shoreditch Madonna confirms the progress of an imaginative writer and a sensitive director.’ New Statesman

Shoreditch Madonna premiered at Soho Theatre, London, in July 2005.


Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s plays include The Night Season (National Theatre, Critics’ Circle’s Most Promising Playwright Award, 2004) and Her Naked Skin (National Theatre, 2008), which was the first play by a living female playwright to be staged on the Olivier stage. Other plays include The Invisible (The Bush), Jane Wenham, Soho, The Painter (Arcola), The Typist (Riverside Studios), The Lioness (Tricycle),…

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