Permission To Cry

Permission To Cry by David Campton
Camden Fringe Festival, August 2011

David Campton’s beautifully structured, heart-rending play about Julia Gibbon, an up-and coming junior minister whose life is thrown into turmoil by conflict between private and public morality. Told in a series of dreamlike flashbacks, this is a compassionate, insightful play about love and politics in our hypocritical age.

Permission To Cry
Rebekah Daven Watson & Monty Burgess


Julia Gibbon MP Rebekah Daven Watson, @RebekahDaven
Penelope WrightClaira Watson Parr, @claraparr
Susan Little Vanessa Mayfield, @VanessaMayfield
Councillor Eldon-Pugh – Monty Burgess, @MontyBurgess
Dr Semple – Colin Appleby, @CJ_Appleby


…relevant, heartbreaking to watch and convincingly acted…
– Chris Butler,

…an engagingly emotive performance from the character of Julia (Rebekah Daven Watson)… Permission to Cry is a wonderfully written short play, which envelops its audience in the inescapable human instincts catalyzed by grief, using a carefully constructed backdrop of social politics. An enthralling performance from cast members humanizes Campton’s writing brilliantly this is well worth seeing.

– Helen Richardson, On The Fringe

Permission To Cry
Clara Watson Parr & Rebekah Daven Watson

…A lot of emotion is packed into forty minutes, mostly by Rebekah Daven Watson as Julia Gibbon… In fact the lights go down as
she is doubled up on the stage floor in grief. The MP was actually desperate to reach that outpour of feelings throughout the whole play, her neatly-groomed exterior meant to match the order and control of her mind and public display… The character Penelope Wright (played by a remarkably long-haired Clara Watson Parr) a journalist committed to ‘the cause’, which seems to mean she goes anywhere there is trouble. In a series of flashbacks taking the audience away from the MP’s public appearances, we are shown conversations between the two women: shoulders are massaged and fears are revealed. There is a ‘sinister’ journalist, playing innocent and continually under Julia’s feet, sensing the scandal and becoming the catalyst for the eventual breakdown. It is hard to fully appreciate the situation, perhaps because the play is too short to fully care about the characters but Watson manages well with the material and is surprisingly convincing.

– Lucy Poose,

Permission To Cry
Colin J Appleby & Rebekah Daven Watson