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The Break of Day

The Love of The Nightingale

Every year, the Drama Studio at UEA holds their third year Drama production. This year, we have two plays written by Timberlake Wertenbaker:

The Break of Day focuses on three women and their partners, all with their own problems and choices. Set in the 90s, members of the group start to feel uneasy and dissatisfied. Has the moment passed for having children? Has work got in the way of life? The Break of Day addresses these issues and more in three acts.

The Love of the Nightingale is centred around the Philomela myth. It is a feminist retelling of the tragic Ancient Greek myth, whereby Philomela (known as Philomele in the play) is raped by her brother-in-law Tereus, and she and her sister, Procne have their shocking vengeance.

The Love of The Nightingale was first performed in 1988 at The Other Place, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford. It won the Eileen Anderson Central Television Drama Award. The Break of Day was first performed at the Royal Court in 1995 by Out of Joint theatre company. It was directed by Max Stafford-Clark, and was shown alongside Chekhov’s The Three Sisters.