The Invisible

Bush Theatre

The Invisible

03 Jul 2015 - 15 Aug 2015

£15.00 - £20.00

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"To no one will we sell, to no one deny… justice" – Clause 40 of Magna Carta

Imagine a world where the Stephen Lawrence Case and the Hillsborough Disaster never made it to court. 

Since 2012 the government has made sweeping cuts to the provision of legal aid. In this new reality, in cases from civil law to immigration, the voices of both the innocent and the guilty are in danger of never being heard.

In 2008, Rebecca Lenkiewicz became the first living female playwright to have her work produced on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre. Her new play, The Invisible, examines how the cuts to legal aid are driving ever deeper cracks into the fabric of our society.


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“Gail [is] played with great warmth, zest and humour by Alexandra Gilbreath... Lenkiewicz applies a light and humane touch. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A warm, deeply human account of the damage being done to the legal aid system
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Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Drawing on interviews with professionals from the justice system, this new play about legal aid is absorbing but bitty. ”

Kate Bassett (The Times)

“Combines a sense of the big picture with an eye for telling detail... Well staged and acted... Entertains as it informs. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“As Lenkiewicz goes out of her way to avoid being preachy... we’re never entirely sure who the baddies are supposed to be. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Some smart lines and caustic exchanges [but] the drama isn’t well focused... Flimsy. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“For all I agree with its diagnosis, I can't remember a play so doggedly, tiresomely hectoring... Largely unconvincing too. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Is this play an attempt at the truth, or does it have all the integrity of an ‘advertorial’?... There are good performances. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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