Minerva Theatre
Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 4AP
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Nervous and droll, Stevie Smith spends her days as a private secretary at the Newnes Publishing company and her evenings in the London suburbs eating Battenberg cake and Ginger Nuts with her beloved Aunt. All the time she is writing the piercing poetry and prose that will make her famous. In between there are diverting visits from a series of men and, later on, tussles with literary celebrity. Beyond everything there is her greatest, often darkly comic, struggle: to keep waving when she feels like drowning.