Met Police apologise to the deceived women who inspire our new play Any Means Necessary

Saturday 21st November 2015

Who can you trust? How far should the police go? Did he ever really love me?

These questions continue to be asked as the BBC and The Guardian broke the latest news surrounding the ongoing case of undercover police deception yesterday.

BBC News reported that “The Metropolitan Police has made an “unreserved apology” to seven women who were tricked into relationships with undercover officers. In a statement, Scotland Yard said the women were deceived “pure and simple”.

One of the women, who wishes to remain anonymous as ‘Lisa Jones’, also spoke out for the first time over the effect of boyfriend Mark Kennedy’s deception.

In an interview with The Guardian Lisa describes how she was “reduced to a “very fragile” state” and struggled with a dilemma: “Am I fighting to save this relationship or am I trying to figure out who he is? I am either putting my energies into this relationship or I am investigating him – I can’t do both.”

Whilst Lisa welcomes the apology she also says that “No amount of money or ‘sorry’ will make up for the lack of answers about the extent to which I was spied upon in every aspect of my most personal and intimate moments.”

Our new play Any Means Necessary, is inspired by this ongoing case, and the women’s stories of deception.

Writer Kefi Chadwick has worked very closely with ‘Lisa’ to bring a story influenced by her own sensitively to the stage. The play opens at Nottingham Playhouse in February 2016.

Any Means Necessary

When Mel meets Dave at a protest, she believes she has met her kindred spirit. Dave soon becomes central to her life and her activist friends. But is he who he appears to be?

An emotionally compelling drama that explores love, betrayal, secrets and lies and exposes the brutality of a police policy that used any means necessary to undermine political protest.

Any Means Necessary is based on the events surrounding a group of environmental activists and the 2011 court case which charged them with trespass at nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station. This real-life event set in Nottingham uncovered a national scandal and is the inspiration for this major new commission, written by Kefi Chadwick and directed by Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Giles Croft.