New play based on interviews with women trafficked to the UK

arcolaplay.jpgit felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now is a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, which is based on in-depth interviews with women trafficked into prostitution in the UK who have spent time in prison.

It’s being put on at the Arcola Theatre in London, by Clean Break, a theatre company which works with women with experience of the criminal justicie system. It was founded in 1979 by two women in prison.

it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now concentrates on one woman’s story:

The play immerses the audience in the world of trafficked woman Dijana Polenčec, as they follow her journey through different spaces and time. Dijana’s resilience and humour sustain her when her life takes a dark turn.

You can get tickets on the Arcola website:


7 – 31 Oct, 7.45pm, £16 (£10 concessions)

Previews – 7 & 8 October, 7.45pm, £10 (only bookable by phone)

British Sign Language interpreted performance 12 Oct, 7.45pm

Tuesdays – ‘PAY WHAT YOU CAN’ (subject to availability)

If you would like to take advantage of our preview offer please call our box office on 020 7503 1646 – these tickets are not available through our online booking service.


• Proof will be required for concessions

• All tickets are non-refundable

Feature photo by kazuend on Unsplash. Image in the text from the production.