Fiercely independent Jessica, a young disabled woman, is training as a teacher and dreams of being a writer. Her ‘last night of freedom’ is far from what any of us could imagine.
Fiercely independent Jessica, a young disabled woman, is training to be a teacher and dreams of being a writer. It’s Friday, 13 March 2020 and the global pandemic is emerging, budget cuts are being made and the threat of a first lockdown looms.
We meet Jessica returning home from a ‘rush job’ hen night at Dante’s nightclub, where leather-and-chain-clad men served drinks suggestively. Jessica’s ‘last night of freedom’ is far from what any of us could imagine, as the independent life she has worked so hard for is turned upside down when she is told her care package is to be cut.
What will fiancé Josh make of what ‘can-do Jess’ can’t do as a result? As her story unfolds, she introduces us to the ‘holy trinity’ – her mum and two aunts – who have guided her life, pulling her in different directions, and we see the extraordinary mix of pride and sensitivity, and the fight that comes when you want to hold on to your independence and dignity. Her fight for survival is on.