“The latest digital offering from the Finborough is Athena Stevens’ challenging and highly rewarding. Stevens has athetoid cerebral palsy. She is immobile without her wheelchair. Her elocution is not always completely distinct, but in Scrounger her voice rings out loud, true and scathing as she digs the dirt on the congratulatory liberal frame of mind in which words and sympathy are handed out, but real action and support is scarce. Based around a 2015 incident in which her state of the art wheelchair was badly damaged by Britsih Airways, this knowing piece of meta-theatre is unashamedly provocative and justifiably angry as it points the finger in a way that will make you squirm.”
On the streets of Elephant and Castle, everyone likes to make speculations about Scrounger. She needs help, she must not be aware of the complexities of the world, she is sent from the demons to torture her mum… at least according to her Nigerian Uber driver.
Scrounger doesn’t care. A successful online personality, she’s got more power from her bedroom than anyone on the Southwark estates could dream of. She’s educated, she’s ballsy, and with a huge network of online allies, Scrounger is a woman who knows how to make change happen.
That is, until an airline destroys her wheelchair.
Inspired by real events and a lawsuit initiated by Stevens herself, Scrounger drives towards the realities of how Britain is failing its most vulnerable and the extreme cost paid by those seeking justice.
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