Mint is theatre director Clare Lizzimore’s debut play concerning the effects that a spell in prison has on one man and his family.
It’s 1998 and Alan is serving a substantial prison sentence. Over the course of the years various members of his family visit him: his sisters Stephanie and Nicola and his mother and father, Charlotte and Simon. As time passes he misses major family events, such as Stephanie’s wedding and the birth of her first child, a girl called Amber. As he moves to a freer open prison, the discomfort of his family is clear to see, especially in his taciturn father. The second part of the play takes place five years later. It is now 2003 and Alan has been released and is living back at home. Behind the joy however there lurks a distinct feeling of unease as Alan struggles to adjust to life after prison. His niece Amber, now an inquisitive seven-year-old, wants to know what her beloved Uncle did wrong but it seems nobody in the family is willing to discuss past history, nor have they really come to terms with it, except perhaps Alan himself.
Mint was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2013 as part of the Open Court Festival.