Local live performance collective MaskĂ©nada is staging Lucy Kirkwoodâs seminal play âIt felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright nowâ in the disused Asia shop in the Hamilius underground passageway. Delano has tickets to give away.
Harrowing, humorous and heart-breaking, Lucy Kirkwood’s It felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now tackles the taboo subject of human sex trafficking and forced prostitution. But on a broader scale it deals with issues surrounding consumerism. Which makes its staging in a former shop in a passageway that is due for demolition all the more appropriate.
Local actress Larisa Faber (photo by Julien Becker) stars as Dijana, a 20-something sex-trafficked Croatian who is imprisoned in a squalid London room and forced to prostitute herself. The only other character on stage Dijana’s fellow “cell mate”, Gloria, played by London-based actress Jacqueline Acheampong. Rafael Kohn directs local performer and composer Serge Tonnar provide the play and live music.
Written while Kirkwood was writer-in-residence at Clean Break, a theatre company that works with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system in the UK, the play won numerous plaudits during its original run in London in 2009. Faber saw the play back then and says Kirkwood’s writing is “incredibly strong in shaping two characters that I think are the most three-dimensional I have ever seen on stage.”
Find out for yourself in this unique setting. The play is on 22, 24, 29 & 31 October and again on 1, 5, 6 & 7 November at 8 p.m. and also at 5 p.m. on 26 October and 9 November.
Delano has one pair of tickets to give away to two lucky readers for the show of their choice (depending on availability). To enter the draw to win tickets, simply send an email to [email protected] mentioning “maskenada-kirkwood” as the subject field. Please include your full name and state your preferred date. Deadline for entries is noon on Friday 17 October; winners will be notified that afternoon.
Underground passageway (former Asia shop), Hamilius, Luxembourg-Centre