Scottish prostitution drama wins Olivier award

First seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, where it picked up a host of awards, Cora Bissett's Roadkill has gone one better, winning one of London's top theatre awards at the Oliviers.

Based on real experiences, the show, which was conceived and directed by Cora Bissett, told a brutal story about sex trafficking today, sharing the harrowing details of a young woman trapped in a living nightmare virtually imprisoned and forced to work as a prostitute.

It was based on the real story of a runaway to whom Cora had actually given refuge as she tried to escape from her tormentors.

Performed in a grubby flat near the theatre, just as it was in Edinburgh, the London run was presented by the Theatre Royal Stratford East, so it was only eligible for the Affiliate Theatre Olivier Award because Stratford East is not in the official "West End" of London.

But the play beat off tough opposition from other prestigious London fringe venues including the Lyric Hammersmith, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

It marks the climax of an incredible journey for Cora who has recently been touring Australia with another hit show in which she appears, Midsummer.

She is currently working on a large scale musical called Glasgow Girls with the National theatre of Scotland about young female refugees in Glasgow, mostly still at school,who banded together to petition parliament to stop deporting  their friends.

More on Roadkill:

Original STV Review of the show

Winning Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland

The rise and rise of Cora Bissett

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