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[Perspectives] Transgression and redemption

In Duncan Macmillan’s new play People, Places and Things, Emma (played by Denise Gough) is a talented actress in trouble. She’s addicted to alcohol and prescription benzodiazepines; we first meet her as she flounders drunkenly onstage during a production of The Seagull. Recognising that her life is unravelling, Emma checks herself into a rehabilitation unit. Her hopes are for a quick fix, followed by a letter of fitness to allow her to return to work.