Corrina, Corrina at Liverpool EverymanKristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Written by Liverpool-based playwright Chloë Moss, Corrina Corrina is a new play that sees the Liverpool Everyman stage transformed into the bow of a ship.
A new play that sees the Everyman stage transformed into the bow of a ship.
A gripping thriller set at sea, this darkly comic play centres on a young woman, Corrina, who arrives at Felixstowe docks to work onboard a ship about to set sail for Singapore. She is following in her seafaring father’s footsteps but not everyone is pleased to have her aboard. As an office junior and the only woman on the ship, she is caught between the British senior staff and the rest of the crew, mainly underpaid men from the Philippines who spend large amounts of time away from home. It’s a twisted world of power dynamics, superstitions and revenge…where not everyone will make it to their final destination.
Levering on an age-old sailing superstition that deemed women on board a ship bad luck, Corrina, Corrina shines a light on the dangers faced by women working in the shipping industry.
This world premiere shines a light on the dangers faced by women working in the shipping industry.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the play, writer Chloë Moss said, “What was fascinating in my research was realising there’s a sense of lawlessness that comes in shipping and on board ships. You’re in the middle of the ocean and there’s no jurisdiction around a crime that may happen on that ship. There are lots of instances where potential crimes have taken place and so it felt really ripe to tell a story that is set where essentially everyone is trapped in a huge floating prison.”
Directed by Headlong Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan, the cast includes Laura Elsworthy (Romeo & Juliet, Hull Truck) in the title role of Corrina alongside David Crellin (West Side Story, Royal Exchange) as the ship’s Captain. The rest of the crew includes Liverpool actor Mike Noble (Help, Channel 4 and Trigger Point, ITV), James Bradwell, Angelo Paragoso and Martin Sarrel.
This gripping world premiere explores what happens when we think no one is watching.