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LynchPin Theatre Presents the European Premiere of
European premiere of an award-winning, one-woman play by Jennifer Fawcett about the mother of a monster.
Written by award-winning playwright Jennifer Fawcett
Directed by Claire Parker
Performed by Edie Campbell

One Mother’s Love
One Last Request
One Apple Pie

Imagine someone you love does something unspeakable.
This is a play about the mother of a monster.
And the tenacious nature of love.
And how to make a really good apple pie.

Miriam’s son committed an horrendous crime. It was violent. It was terrifying. Caught, tried and convicted, he has been sitting on death row for twenty-two years. In seven hours the state will execute him. As is the tradition, he is granted a last meal. His request: a slice of his mother’s apple pie.

This one-woman play is a story of a mother surviving, torn between her love for her son and the dark reality of his actions, grappling to make sense of her life.
To witness Apples in Winter is to journey deep into the heart of barely resolvable questions about justice, forgiveness and what it is to try to love unconditionally. It is to hear the voices of the silent victims of violence.

A survey of the final testimonies of executed prisoners in Texas analysed their words and phrases. The most frequently used word? Love.

Apples in Winter is a story of a mother surviving, torn between the love for her son and the dark reality of his actions, grappling to make sense of her life.   

Comments following a rehearsed reading for an invited audience in March 2020: 

"Remarkable, inspiring play... love endures."
Dr Alison Frater, Chair National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance 2015-21

"This play has the potential to be a catalyst for change.”
A prison volunteer
"A mesmeric performance..."
John Locke, actor & director

  • Production Team
WE ARE LYNCHPIN PRODUCTIONS THEATRE COMPANY. We create compelling theatre through biography, rehearsed readings and full productions, with a particular focus on expressing seldom-heard voices.
Edie Campbell plays Miriam

Edie trained at Guildford School of Acting and is a founding member of LynchPin Productions.
Favourite roles include: Alice Comyns Carr 'Rotten Perfect' (Watts Gallery); Mrs Cheveley 'An Ideal Husband' (Electric Theatre); Henry V/Prince Hal 'The Wooden O', Elsa 'Road to Mecca', Célimène, 'The Misanthrope', Rosie 'Dancing at Lughnasa' (Riverside Theatre, Iowa); Bess 'Abundance', Me 'HIM' (University of Iowa Theatres); Emily Stilson 'Wings' (Liar’s Theatre, Iowa); and Alison 'Look Back in Anger' (Pegasus, Oxford). Edie continues to perform LynchPin’s one-woman play, 'Emily Dickinson & I' which has toured in Europe, North America and the UK. From 2009-2019, Edie frequently read and directed for LynchPin’s monthly ScripTease rehearsed readings.

The production is directed by Claire Parker

Claire has been involved in the arts her entire life starting as a child performer in the West End in the musical Annie and as Liesl in The Sound of Music. She continued to work extensively as an actress on stage & screen, including a season at the National Theatre and several ITV and BBC series, before leaving for France where she raised a family, ran a dance school, worked as a voice artist in Paris, and worked with cultural organisations, in publishing and began writing. On her return to the UK, Claire started to work with LynchPin Theatre, as a performer, writer and director; her script Rotten Perfect was produced at the Watts Gallery in 2017, and LynchPin toured her most recent play, When the Cat’s Away, in the southeast of England in 2018. Claire directed the UK Premiere of ‘Amelia’ in 2019 at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.

The playwright is Jennifer Fawcett

Jennifer is the winner of the NNPN Smith Prize and the Susan Glaspell Award and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for ‘Apples in Winter', the NEFA National Theatre Project Award (with her company Working Group Theatre) for ‘Out of Bounds', the Kennedy Center’s National Science Playwriting Award for ‘Atlas of Mud’, and she was nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award for 'Birth Witches’. Her plays have been produced at Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), Urbanite Theatre (Sarasota), Centenary Stage Company (Hackettstown, NJ), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), the Source Festival (Washington, DC), Hancher Auditorium (University of Iowa), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), Uprising Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Halcyon Theatre (Chicago), and the Drilling Company (New York), among others. She is a co-founder of Working Group Theatre.

Set Designer / Build: Andrew Hodson left Guildford School of Acting in 1995. Since then, he has worked in theatre, film and radio, and taught drama at GSA, Guildford College, and Laine Theatre Arts. He presented travel news for BBC Radio, and has acted in short films, public information videos, corporate videos and TV commercials. His directing credits include Oh What a Lovely War, The Winter’s Tale, My Fair Lady and The Vagina Monologues. Acting roles include Zach (A Chorus Line), Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), disciple John (Wintershall Passion Play), Baron Wildenheim (Lovers Vows), and Miller (The Deep Blue Sea). Andrew has been a part of LynchPin Productions for well over a decade and is thrilled to be involved in this powerful production of Apples in Winter.

Understudy Miriam / Dialect Coach: Suzanne Parke

Suzanne has worked with LynchPin as voice coach, performer and board member since 2006.
She is currently Leader of Learning for Peer Productions, an award winning youth arts charity specialising in combining high quality arts practice with peer education. Prior to joining Peer Suzanne was Course Leader of BA Hons Acting for Stage and Screen and Head of Voice at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford, Surrey. Suzanne is also deeply involved in the Teaching Voice, and delivers comprehensive voice training in the education sector. Her private work, Parke Communication offers a number of different voice courses, including presentation skills and one to one coaching. The courses are designed for professionals and private individuals who want to improve their communication skills. Suzanne is also a voice over artist represented by Rhubarb Voices.

Stage Manager / Lighting Technician: Elisabeth Tooms

Elisabeth studied law at Oxford University and was involved in student theatrical productions. Directed fringe productions, touring in the UK and overseas. Changed direction to work for a City of London law firm. Returned to theatre work, taking commissions as director, stage manager and lighting designer. Stage managed ‘Cloning Mary Shelley’ and ‘Emily Dickinson and I’ for Lynchpin’s One-bi-One as well as LynchPin’s MainStage productions of ‘The Women of Lockerbie’, ‘Consider This...’, and ‘Old Abe’, which she also directed. Elisabeth is the Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for Intermission Theatre at St Saviour’s in London.

Production Team / Marketing: Philip Parker

Philip initially trained as a scientist before commencing a career in book and magazine publishing. He has many years’ experience as an editor, writer and researcher – within charities, publishing companies and the corporate sector, including devising and managing the strategy of Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme, overseeing high-profile publishing projects with organisations ranging from the WWF to the BBC, from David Bowie to The Old Vic.

Music Credits:
Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage - "Every Night The Sun Goes In" 

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Show running time
75 min

Post-Show Discussions

Guest speakers include 
Recommended  12+ 
5-15 OCT | 7.30pm 
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