Gemma was the Assistant Director on the world premiere and the revival productions of The Shadow Factory by Howard Brenton, directed by Sam Hodges at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres Jan-March 2018/2019.
Autumn 1940. The Battle of Britain rages.
Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. But when the Luftwaffe drops 2,300 bombs inthree devastating raids, the city goes up in flames and the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire factory is destroyed.
Jackie is the third generation of Dimmock at her family-run laundry. Polly is the first and only draughtswoman in the Spitfire design office. How will each woman forge her own path in this evolving landscape? From the ashes, a story of chaos, courage and community spirit emerges.
One of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, Hampshire-born Howard Brenton (Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare’s Globe; Pravda, National Theatre) tells the remarkable and little known story of how Southampton stepped up when the chips were down.
The Guardian - Michael Billington
The Times - Dominic Maxwell
Daily Mail - Robert Gore-Langton
Pocketsize Theatre - Nick Wayne
"It really is a must see!"