It is difficult not to warm to Destiny, written and performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless in a monologue directed by Jesse Jones, presented online for the Edinburgh fringe and supported by the Pleasance and by Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment programme. Despite her surface-level confidence, there is a naivety to her storytelling. As she repeatedly makes decisions that end in inevitable pain, she manages to find humour in her darkest moments – and you can’t help but laugh along.
The Guardian on Destiny
Writer & Performer
This monologue follows the story of a teenage girl that dreams big whilst growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate. After a big night out takes a turn for the worst, Destiny’s life spirals out of control as she desperately tries to learn how to love and be loved.
Developed with support from Bristol Old Vic FERMENT, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Pound Arts, Strike A Light, Tim Crouch, Wiltshire Creative, Pleasance, Theatre Bristol, Natural Theatre, Hawkwood College, Paper Arts and Gane Trust.
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