WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In 2014 Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz became a lightening rod for worldwide anti-rape and women's rights protests, when she carried the mattress she was assaulted on to classes and lectures. Inspired by those events THE LEGACY, by acclaimed author and debut playwright Angela Clarke, is a cynically funny play that explores gender, affluence, and shouting back. 'I read her newspaper bits. In one of them she used the v-word. Vagina. Actually wrote it. Thank god Daddy only read The Telegraph.' Imagine if you took a politically minded, media savvy, online viral activist, and dropped them into conservative, status driven, vanilla suburbia? Loving wife and mother Rebecca is thrilled when her estranged sister Esther shows up for the reading of their late father's will. But free spirited Esther's very presence soon disrupts Rebecca's dream suburban life; prompting questions neither sister wants to face. Cracks appear. Tempers fray. And the truth about Esther's disappearance a decade ago finally surfaces.