premiere production of The Invisible by Rebecca Lenkiewicz will
preview at the Bush Theatre, London, from 3 July (press night 8
In a first for
both organisations, the Bush Theatre production
The Invisible will be sponsored by the Law
Society. The Invisible
(3 July – 15 August 2015) is a new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz about the recent
changes to the provision of legal aid. Based on interviews with real people at
all levels of the British justice system, this play aims to tell the stories of
those ordinary people affected by the cuts and to examine how they are driving
ever deeper cracks into the fabric of our society. With cuts currently
totalling £350m, the reforms to the legal aid system are arguably one of the
biggest threats to human rights in Britain today.
Society launched its Access to Justice campaign in September 2014, highlighting
the human impacts of the cuts and to the legal aid
Law Society President
Andrew Caplen said:
'We are delighted to be sponsoring this production. The
theme of The
Invisible chimes very clearly with our Access to Justice campaign.
Cuts to legal aid have forced more and more people into 'do it yourself' justice
where representing themselves is the only option other than to take no action at
all for themselves and their families. This creative partnership will raise
awareness of the importance of the role of lawyers within our justice system.
The fundamental concept of the rule of law is nothing more than an ideal if
people cannot obtain access to justice.'
Lenkiewicz is an award-winning writer who,
in 2008, was the first living female playwright to have her work produced on the
Olivier Stage at the National Theatre, London. Rebecca's screenplay Ida, co-written
with Pawel Pawlikowksi, won the Oscar® for best foreign
language film at this year’s awards, as well as Best Film at various festivals
including the London Film Festival.