Freedom Tongues & Naiad Productions in association with Park Theatre present
‘So I finally got my gift. Gifts are meant to be opened, right?’
Young Londoner Cleo was given her ‘gift’ at age seven – except that ‘gift’ left her with type 3 Female Mutilation.
How can Cleo love her body, when her husband brutally sexually assaults her? Finding strength after this hideous act, Cleo resolves to go against her family’s wishes and seek reversal surgery. On her journey of healing, Cleo meets Eve, a fellow FGM survivor who is instantly drawn to her. Will Cleo overcome her own struggles, empower Eve to stand against this traditional practice and stop women's unnecessary suffering? A fight for love, hope and acceptance in a culture where a 'gift' can bear the ultimate price.
Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2017
"This is an incredibly important story to be told, and Williams tells it well, informing and educating the audience through wonderful performances by the whole cast." ★★★★ Afridiziak Theatre News
"What comes across most memorably though is the healing power of strong female companionship in the face of a shared trauma." The Stage
"The courage of the writing is by far the play’s greatest strength." ★★★★ London Theatre1
"Brave in its exposure of FGM and the culture around it." My Theatre Mates
‘Domingo played the part better than I could ever have imagined. She brought humour, integrity, and genuine emotion to the role, and deserves our highest applause.’ Musical Theatre Musings
'Lara Genovese, presents a fast-paced and absorbing production' ★★★★ Ham & High
‘Highlighting an important social, feminist and politically dire human rights issue… Williams’s smart, forceful and moving writing, combined with excellent performances.’ ★★★★ The Upcoming
"The women of the story are performed with intensity by Williams, warmth by Doreene Blackstock, and severity by Anni Domingo" The Stage
"A powerful production… will leave you with much more to consider and question" ★★★★ London Theatre1
‘Brilliant acting, and a fabulously intense atmosphere’ Musical Theatre Musings