I Surrender! by Karen Featherstone comes to Lancashire Fringe Festival

Portrait of writer Karen Featherstone by Jonathan Bean (www.beanphoto.co.uk)

Karen Featherstone will debut her play I Surrender! in Preston as part of the new development commissions for Lancashire Fringe Festival.

I Surrender! is a show about vulnerability, how good her dad was at swearing in Welsh and what happened on the worst day of her life.

Karen Featherstone has written plots for Coronation Street and Emmerdale, while her words have been heard at theatres including  Manchester Royal Exchange, Liverpool Everyman, Hampstead Theatre, National Theatre Studio and on Channel 4. She was part of Graeae Theatre’s Write-to-Play programme.

Her previous work includes comedy Careless Sponsored Walks Cost Lives, about an SAS-style elite parent-teacher association, which premiered at London’s National Theatre Studio and in 2015.

BBC Radio Lancashire has broadcast her work in the Laugh Out Loud. She’s won a Northern Writers’ Award for her painful, comic description of a sexless marriage while Jimmy McGovern once wrote her a letter saying her writing was ‘evidence of genuine talent’.

I Surrender! is Karen’s first performance of this intensely personal show. It’s about discovering a new vulnerability since becoming disabled, her dad’s proficiency at swearing in Welsh and how, without meaning to, he was responsible for the worst day of her life.


“Karen Featherstone – definitely a writer to watch out for… Careless Sponsored Walks Cost Lives is a razor-sharp comedy about parents being strong-armed into joining elite parent-teacher groups at the school gates… had everybody laughing out loud.” Female Arts website

“Clever, jocular and painful…” Alison Moore, author.

See I Surrender! by Karen Featherstone at Preston Central Methodist Church, Lune St, Preston PR1 2NL 7.30pm on Friday, May 17.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!


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