Live theatre performance
Part of the FiLliA Domestic abuse awareness Tour for women and girls


It is Christmas Eve and 'Rose,' a woman in a red dress, awakes to find that she has no memory of who or where she is. As she gradually weaves the threads of memory together, a dark and violent picture begins to emerge. Compelled to leave for fear of her life Rose begins to pack… but it's dark outside and the house is full of strange noises. Will she escape, before her attacker returns? Or is he still in the House?

Extensively and accurately researched this highly acclaimed production - LADY IN RED - combines superb dialogue, a compelling plot, inspired performance and evocative colours to create an unforgettable experience - a journey through one woman's attempts to leave an abusive relationship. Power and control, physical, emotional and psychological abuse, fear of the unknown and "Why doesn't she leave?" are just some of the issues raised in this contemporary look at domestic violence.

This live theatre performance lasts 45 minutes and is followed by an after-show discussion with the writers and actors. Parental Guidance 14+ contains strong language and themes.



Claire Moore and John Woudberg, co-founded Certain Curtain Theatre Company, a professional touring theatre company specialising in new work, in May 1989. 2019 is their 30th year creating original theatre exploring important social issues and human rights.

The company is renowned for tackling sensitive and controversial subjects with dynamic originality and has been at the forefront of domestic abuse drama since 1995. Claire and John have created a unique brand of theatre - writing and producing only original work – they aim to take the harsh, raw elements of life and language, mix them with a startling lyrical flavour and add a touch of attitude, to create something new, edgy and hopefully daring and dangerous - to give people what they don't expect!

Using dynamic original theatre they seek to create works of art that are at once dark and beautiful – and human. To engage audiences from start to finish; to explore our shared humanity, confront our own prejudices and see things differently.

Operating without any revenue funding much of their work is as a result of previous successes. Since 1989, the company has written and produced plays with themes as diverse as Teenage pregnancy, The Holocaust, Gun-crime, Social History, Diabetes, Accident prevention, Reminiscence, The Holocaust, Domestic Violence and the suffragettes fight for the vote.

The company has performed its work in 800-seat theatres, studio theatres, primary and Secondary schools, Special education needs schools, colleges, hospitals, community centres, residential homes, football clubs, a police station, court room and even a corridor! Taking professional theatre to the heart of communities as well as working with diverse audiences; children with special educational needs, young people at risk and excluded from formal education, community groups, survivors of abuse, women’s groups, Muslim women’s groups and women from BAME communities, residents of hospitals and residential care homes, prisoners and those on probation, professionals supporting and working with these groups, statutory and voluntary organisations.

Awards include: A BBC Alfred Bradley Award for verse drama, Lucilla Award for best play, Granada TV Live Challenge Award, Shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award, Inspiring Woman Award, Shortlisted for the Samuel Beckett Award, Outstanding Woman in Business Award, Best Professional Touring Theatre Company - Lancashire 2019 & Most Thought-Provoking Performance Company 2019