My Name is Rachel Corrie

‘What if our aloneness isn’t a tragedy? What if our aloneness is what allows us to speak the truth without being afraid? What if our aloneness is what allows us to adventure – to experience the world as a dynamic presence – as a changeable interactive thing?’

Why did a 23-year-old woman leave her comfortable American life to stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian home? This one-person, verbatim play tells the story of Rachel Corrie’s short life and sudden death, from the words she left behind.

Ella Duffy sitting reading on her bed
Ella Duffy plays Rachel Corrie in this one woman show which is based on real events.
Ella Duffy monologue during Rachel Corrie
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I’m Rachel and I’ve got a fire in my belly. It used to be such a big loud blazing fire that I couldn’t hear anybody else over it. So I talked a lot and didn’t listen too much.

Ella Duffy with panties on her head
‘I was finally awake, forever and ever’
Ella Duffy in Corpus Playroom
Ella Duffy, with the director Nicholas Ashurst in the background.
Ella Duffy writing on a mirror
‘I am inside a terrifying mirror’
Ella Duffy kneeling on the floor of Corpus Playroom, five pebbles of stone in front of her on a line
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Ella Duffy reading from her diary
‘How you survive in a nonexistent place’
Ella Duffy
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Ella Duffy writing on the mirror
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Ella Duffy sitting on her bed
‘This is not at all what I asked for when I came into the world.’
Ella Duffy book in hand, back lit photo
‘I have been in Palestine for two weeks and one hour now, and I still have very few words to describe what I see.’
Ella Duffy, dispairing
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Ella Duffy covering her eyes with her hands
‘Of course, we burn out. Of course, it is overwhelming.’
Ella Duffy lying on her bed
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Ella Duffy sitting on the floor
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“Nothing could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here. You just can’t imagine it unless you see it. And even then your experience is not at all the reality. I have the option of leaving. I am allowed to see the ocean.”

Ella Duffy monologue
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Cast and Crew of Rachel Corrie
There are a lot of people behind the scenes in this show.
Ella Duff writing while sitting on the floor next to a set of boxes
After the dress rehearsal finished we did a few more photos, then decided to do a trailer for the play.
Ella Duffy reading her diary
Test shot for the trailer with Ella Duffy.
Ella Duffy looking over her shoulder
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Ella Duffy reading
This was the final view we went for in the trailer. You can watch it below.

Review: Varsity (4.5/5)

Cast
Rachel Corrie – Ella Duffy

Production Team
Director – Nicholas Ashurst
Co-Producer – Victoria Bowden, Zoscha Partos
Assistant Director – Faye Guy
Set Designer – Charlie Clark
Technical Director – Ronit Wineman
Publicity Designer – Min Ji Choi
Movement Choreographer – Maddy Galbraith
Stage Manager – Faye Guy
Assistant Set Designer – Annie Cave
Voice Actor – Aoife Kennan, Tom Taplin, Joe Pitts
Photographer/Cinematographer – Johannes Hjorth

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