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The Duck

July 27, 2019- 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

£8.00 – £10.00

Pick of Bedfringe Winners 2017

A funny and moving new one-woman play written by autistic writer and poet, Rhi Lloyd-Williams. The Duck is an exploration of one woman’s world after she is diagnosed with autism. Starring Lucy Theobald, and Directed by Jo Loyn, prepare to be washed this way and that as you follow the tangential threads through her mind. Patterns and connections are fashioned from fragments of memories in this powerful and beautiful play.

Imagine you spent your whole life believing everyone was pretending to be someone else; that the mask you had constructed was the same as everyone else’s, only to discover yours is the only mask.

Imagine you are the swan who instead of finding your place in the world, built a duck-mask and learnt to waddle.

“I am a duck. I am the paddling type, the one with the legs, the one that moves serenely through the world with a nod and a smile – or a flap and a… beaks can’t smile, or maybe they always smile, is it a smile if the emotion isn’t there too? I suppose it must be, I can do that, and when I do that I am still smiling, yes. With a flap and a smile.”

Audience responses:

“This was a fast-paced, frenetic, funny, intelligent, occasionally sad, incredibly engaging and informative performance. This is the sort of autistic performance that I want to see, and that I want non-autistics to see.”

“Lucy’s energetic acting and Rhi’s masterful writing combine wonderfully so whether you yourself have autism, you have family members with autism or you know nothing about it, this is well worth a watch for a fun and informative experience.”

Suitable for ages 12yrs+



July 27, 2019
4:30 pm - 5:20 pm
£8.00 – £10.00
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The Quarry Theatre Main Auditorium
26 St Peter's Street
Bedford, MK40 2NN United Kingdom
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