A play that evokes laughter from beginning to end, Shredding Skin which was written by Amanda Wilkin who also stars in it as an office worker who is finding her confidence and identity. A rather quirky character who wants to shout at the top of her voice at the person using her mug in the office or speak up against the lack of diversity in her office and the dubious ways her employer goes about ticking diversity boxes but it all goes wrong and she ends up losing her job. “Shedding a Skin is a story for our times. A play about finding kindness in unexpected places. A play about connecting with what our elders can teach us – new skin honouring old skin. A play about joy, healing and protest. And having a good belly laugh.”
Wilkin is the 2020 winner of Soho Theatre’s acclaimed Verity Bargate Award, which introduces audiences to a fresh and fierce new voice. And Shredding A Skin is fresh and refreshing, a little of the rails at times. But of the rails in a good way!!
It is no surprise that from a record number of 1493 entries for the 2020 Verity Bargate Award, Amanda Wilkin’s spellbinding play captivated the Award’s readers and judges, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Lolita Chakrabati (Hymn), Russell T Davies (It’s A Sin), Laura Wade (The Watsons) and Stephen Garrett (Character 7), and was announced as the winner in October 2020.
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