Fringe preview: Where Do Little Birds Go?
Bringing to light a forgotten victim of the Kray twins
This article is from 2015.
Based on the true story of Lisa Prescott, this uplifting one-woman play tells the story of Lucy, an 18-year-old abducted by notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the 1960s. Playwright Camilla Whitehill discovered the story while researching true crime: ‘I was reading books about the Kray twins when I came across this story. I was immediately fascinated by it and wanted to know more about the woman who endured this.’
Where Do Little Birds Go? charts the time Lucy (played by Jessica Butcher) spends imprisoned in a flat with the Kray twins and escaped murderer Frank ‘The Mad Axeman’ Mitchell. Director Sarah Meadows describes it as an ‘inherently feminist narrative that unearths the story of a woman whose dreams are manipulated by those with power’. It is set against the backdrop of 60s East London where music, celebrity and corruption were shaping women’s coming of age.
While there are plenty of accounts about the Kray brothers, including several autobiographies written by the pair after they were imprisoned, Whitehill found Lisa’s life to be a mystery. ‘Like most of history, the story had been told from the male perspective and there was very little available information about Lisa Prescott. I realised that if I made it a one-woman piece, I could build a fictional world for this woman whose story had been so neglected.’
Where Do Little Birds Go, Underbelly Cowgate, 56 Cowgate, 08445 458252 Thu 6–Sun 30 Aug (not 17), 8.55pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10), Previews Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, £6.