Three Generations of Women, by Anna Jefferson and Alice Trueman, and directed by Ria Parry (National Theatre Studio, The Bush Theatre), is a story of the horrors of moving back in with your mum in your 30s, of finally appreciating the best piece of advice your grandmother ever gave you and of extraordinary family secrets held across the generations.
Established in 2008, Broken Leg Theatre performed its first production in the basement of a small café and have since gone on to perform two home-grown plays at the Nightingale Theatre, the Hackney Empire and London’s Greenwich Theatre, and two script-in-hand readings at Carriageworks, Leeds and the Marlborough Theatre. Broken Leg are winners of the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence.
Last year, the company received funding from Arts Council England to research their latest production, Three Generations of Women, leading to the collation of thousands of stories on our website, described by the Independent as a “new digital archive that is chronicling the lives of British women over the past hundred years”. The living archive continues to grow and you can read some incredible stories and contribute to the project here.
You can also visit our InDemand indiegogo campaign for more details and to pledge towards the future life of what has so far proved a deeply inspiring project.
Broken Leg Theatre is currently working in co-production with Greenwich Theatre, and with support from Arts Council England, the Balcombe Charitable Trust, and the Unity Theatre Trust, as well as lots of support from individuals through indiegogo.
During its research phase, Three Generations of Women was supported in-kind by Greenwich Theatre, Leeds City Council and The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. Broken Leg Theatre’s co-directors and writers, Anna Jefferson and Alice Trueman, toured the country speaking to women of all different demographics about their experiences of growing up in Britain. The research process received wide press coverage collated on our blog, and a piece in the Independent on Sunday.