Chloë Moss's play This Wide Night is a drama about two women trying to start their lives over again after their release from prison. It was first performed at Soho Theatre, London, in August 2008, in a production by Clean Break, the theatre, education and new writing company that works with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.
This revised version of the play was first performed at Soho Theatre on 29 November 2009.
The play is set in a cramped bedsit belonging to Marie, age thirty. A knock at the door heralds the arrival of Lorraine, age fifty, a woman Marie knew while they were both in prison. Lorraine has just been released, and has come straight to Marie’s. On the inside, the two women used to share everything; but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.
This Wide Night won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2009.
The premiere production was directed by Lucy Morrison and designed by Chloe Lamford. It was performed by Jan Pearson (as Lorraine) and Cathy Owen (as Marie). For the 2009 production, the cast was Maureen Beattie (as Lorraine) and Zawe Ashton (as Marie).