They don't care about the truth or changing anything. They just want to discredit us. Bury us under a load of insinuation and then shut us up by paying us off. I can't bear to bleed out my pain and it not mean anything.
When Mel meets Dave at a protest, she believes she has met her kindred spirit. Dave soon becomes central to her life and her activist friends. But is he who he appears to be?
An emotionally compelling drama that explores love, betrayal, secrets and lies and exposes the brutality of a police policy that used any means necessary to undermine political protest.
Based on a true story, Any Means Necessary centres on the events surrounding a group of environmental activists and the 2011 court case that charged them with trespass at nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station.
This real-life event set in Nottingham uncovered a national scandal that has led to a full police apology and an admission that their officers' behaviour was an abuse of the women's human rights. A major public inquiry begins in January 2016 and is expected to run for 3 years.
This play was published to coincide with the world premiere of the play at Nottingham Playhouse on 5 February 2016.
Award-winning writer Kefi Chadwick's previous full-length plays include The Deal (Nightingale Theatre, New Writing South), Below Zero (London and regional tour, Proteus Theatre), The Wedding Present (regional tour, Proteus Theatre), Clamshell Boy (London and regional tour, Intrepid Theatre) and Mathematics of the Heart (Brighton Fringe Festival and Theatre503, London). Her short film Cregan was screened in competition internationally, winning second prize at Waterford Film Festival and the New York Film Festival Audience Choice. It was also selected by BBC Film Network. Her prose works have been published in the UK and USA, and appeared on BBC Radio 4.