AN award-winning original play about domestic abuse by a Mercury Playwright scheme member will be performed in Colchester before touring in Ipswich and London. 

The Mercury Theatre, HighTide, and the New Wolsey Theatre have announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere production of Martha Loader’s award-winning play Bindweed.

The production, which is association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, will be at the Mercury Theatre’s Mercury Studio in Colchester from June 13 to 22 before going to the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich from June 28 to 29. 

Bindweed will be then be at the Arcola Theatre in London from July 9 to 13. 

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Bindweed is described as a “shattering and darkly funny new play about responsibility and rehabilitation” and was first written by Martha Loader as part of the Mercury Playwrights scheme. 

The playwriting development programme helps to nurture and grow the very best writing talent from the East of England.

Mercury Playwrights are guided and mentored through the process of creating their own full-length play or piece of theatre.

Martha won the Judges Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022.

She said: "I am delighted that Bindweed is being brought to life by such an incredible team.

“I would like to give particular thanks to Jo at Suffolk Police and Glenn and Brian at Iceni, whose specialist knowledge of these perpetrator groups has been such an important part of this process.”.