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Fresh from an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, DESTINY by Florence Espeut-Nickless (The Odyssey, National Theatre Public Arts programme) now embarks on a UK tour. Written and performed by Espeut-Nickless’, the monologue follows the story of a teenage girl growing up on a rural council estate. After a big night out takes a turn for the worst, Destiny’s life spirals out of control as she desperately tries to learn how to love and be loved.

Directed by Jesse Jones, founding member of award-winning company The Wardrobe Ensemble with dramaturgical support from Obie-award winning writer, director, performer and theatre-maker, Tim Crouch, the show explores hard-hitting themes of sexual abuse and misuse of power. With a pumping RnB playlist and dry West Country wit, DESTINY tells a powerful story in an emotional and striking way made more intense for the vulnerability of Espeut-Nickless’ storytelling.

Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate in Chippenham. She’s fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she’s had to be). Born below the breadline, she’s desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.

Florence Espeut-Nickless comments, I grew up on a council estate in Chippenham in the noughties. DESTINY is inspired by mine and my mate’s experiences in that place and time, by the challenges we faced, the systems we had to fight against, the dreams we lost, and the ones we desperately held onto. It’s ultimately a celebration of working class resilience, drive and determination, of fighting against our destiny and reaching for the mf stars!

DESTINY was a recipient of The Pleasance’s 2021 National Partnerships Award with Bristol Old Vic FERMENT and was shortlisted for Theatre West’s Write On Women Award.
Yvonne Arnauld, Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX
Thu 13 October
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