i will still be whole (when you rip me in half)

i will still be whole (when you rip me in half)

“And the stone which encased her body cracks open. And she shakes off the vines and the dust. And she feels the blood under her skin.”

Lyn Gardner avatar
6 November 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“I caught an early version of Ava Wong Davies’ two-hander at VAULT Festival earlier this year and it was a tender little green shoot of a piece about two women—mother and daughter—tied by blood and separated by time. I imagine it will have developed considerably for this new staging. It’s composed of entwined poetic monologues that consider race, identity and the inheritances we can and can’t escape. It is only an hour long so stay on for Eleanor Tindall’s Before I was a Bear, a darkly comic tale in which Greek mythology meets TV detectives.”


In 1996 a young mother walks out of a small house in Shepherd’s Bush and doesn’t look back.
In 2019 a daughter lies in a bath and stares at a crack in the ceiling.

Joy and EJ prepare for their first meeting in 22 years. They run, they bathe, they inhale, they wait.

i will still be whole... is a lyrical interlinking of monologues devoted to blood ties and what we inherit from our parents.

Critic reviews

Slow, lyrical and moving play about mothers, daughters and identity that rewards deep engagement

The Stage

Davies' writing has an exactness that moves between pain and comedy

Broadway World

This show really does take you by surprise

A Younger Theatre

Ava Wong Davies’ lyrical exploration of a relationship between a daughter and her estranged mother


Date & time

Show ended
Tue 12 Nov - Sat 23 Nov, 2.30pm & 7pm


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