Venue, Timing and Cost
Following their previous four-star critically acclaimed productions, director David Trevaskis reunites with Carolyn Lloyd Davies to stage her new play Can’t See For Looking, written with co-creator Franchezka Cunanan.
The story follows Rosa, an impoverished Filipina domestic worker, who thinking she has a wonderful job as a nanny, instead finds herself enslaved in London, sleeping in a cupboard, with no free time and only left-over food. She is desperate to escape – her love of Karaoke singing and dancing can only sustain her so far.
After one depressing, futile attempt but with the help of fellow Filipina Angel, she finds freedom at last, only to be trapped once more within the UK Home Office immigration system.
This fast-moving and shocking drama is based on extensive interviews with five Filipina domestic workers rescued in London from modern slavery. These true stories not only highlight the prevalence of hidden slavery in a village, town or city near you, but also how reluctant we are to report it, because of what it would cost us to confront our neighbours, employers or friends with such awkward truths.
This production is supported by four anti-modern slavery charities: ASIOX based in Oxford, Justice and Care, Hestia, and Kalayaan, in addition to the Filipino Domestic Workers Association UK in London.
The play will be published by Aurora Metro in the summer.
Praise for previous work, ‘Penetration’ (2021 ,The Cockpit, London):
★★★★ ‘Conferences and public forums should be convened to discuss its ramifications. This is a script to raise whirlwinds.’ – The Spectator, Lloyd Evans
★★★★ ‘Wow, I’m a bit speechless. That was a very, very brilliant production’. – The Stagey Blog
★★★★ ‘An important piece for our time’. – London Theatre Review
★★★★ ‘A challenging and disturbing piece, smoothly staged by director David Trevaskis’ – Reviews Gate, William Russell