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Written by Carolyn Lloyd Davies, with co-creator Franchezka Cunanan, Can’t See For Looking opened at The Old Fire Station on 28 September, and then transferred to The Cockpit, London opening on 18 October, Anti-Slavery Day.

When Rosa finds herself enslaved in London, she’s desperate to escape. But what’s her freedom worth, once she’s trapped inside the UK immigration system? Based on five in-depth interviews with modern slavery victims rescued from domestic servitude, this shocking, fast-moving play highlights the prevalence of hidden slavery in Britain today and how many of us turn away, because of what it might cost us to confront a neighbour, friend or employer.

Following their previous four star critically acclaimed productions, director David Trevaskis reunites with Carolyn Lloyd Davies to stage her new play, produced by Carolyn and Stephanie Connell for Living the Drama.

Oxford: The Old Fire Station, Oxford
28-30 September

London: The Cockpit
18 October-4 November, 2023

Age Guidance: 14+, [CW// emotionally upsetting scenes]

5 star review

Sofia Holme, The Daily Info

It’s a pacily directed, well-acted and hugely compelling look at a painful topic, culminating in a powerful ending. Highly recommended.

Sue Brockes-Smith, ASIOX

Congratulations on a fantastic play, so sensitively done, powerful enough that no-one could leave having not been impacted and finishing with a good outcome! 

Daniel Nelson, Migrant Voice

This is theatre that’s political and personal, with great characters, with drama and humour. Outstanding.


Simon Israel, C4 News


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You can listen to Carolyn’s interview with Miriam Higgins and Krage Brown of Oxfordshire Theatre Makers on their podcasts.

Carolyn shares some great playwriting tips, tricks and advice.

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Two or three times a year we also have a ‘bring and share‘ lunch, with the opportunity of showing extracts from your work.

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