Madeleine Accalia 

With Volume 5 of VOICES FROM HOME now running as part of Brighton Fringe 2021, we chat to our wonderful writers to find out more about them and their creative process.

How would you describe your writing in 3 words? 

Blunt, strange, funny (I hope?). 

Who or what are your biggest writing influences?

Alice Birch is a huge influence. I saw ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again’ at Latitude Festival when I was 17 and it completely blew my mind that this was something theatre could be. I’ve been trying to find a reason to make people stand on chairs and shout about hymens ever since.

What should a tourist see and do in your home county/town? 

I feel like Brighton needs no introduction but I would say: go to the beach, get an ice cream from Morocco’s, swim in the sea, get purezza pizza (vegan and delicious), don’t go on the i360 it’s so weird and phallic.

What’s the best piece of advice (writing or otherwise) you’ve ever received? 

A friend told me that you don’t need to include everything you think/feel about the world in the play you’re currently writing because you will write other things in the future. You have time to make more art and that’s good. It gave me permission to make things specific.

Can you tell us a bit about your play for Voices From Home? 

‘The Self Defence Class’ tells the story of Mog, in the aftermath of a public sexual assault, and how she finds meaning in violence.

What would you like audiences to take away from Voices from Home and your play in particular?

When I was writing the play, I was exploring the question: what are we asking when we ask women to learn to defend themselves? So I suppose I want audiences to think about the implications of that question and what it means to live anticipating violence.