debbie tucker green's debut play, dirty butterfly is about voyeurism, power and guilt. It was first performed at Soho Theatre on 26 February 2003.
Listening through their thin walls, Amelia and Jason are drawn into the dark and compelling world of their mutual neighbour, Jo. Something very nasty is going on next door, and Jason and Amelia know it, but do nothing.
Stage directions state that the audience 'should surround the actors' and that, prior to the play's Epilogue, 'the characters are always onstage'.
The premiere at Soho Theatre was directed by Rufus Norris and designed by Katrina Lindsay, with Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Amelia, Jo McInnes as Jo and Mark Theodore as Jason.
The critics were quick to herald the arrival of a distinctive new talent in British playwriting, with The Independent on Sunday describing the play as 'startlingly assured', while Lyn Gardner in The Guardian observed that 'There is a sly, controlled power in this writing... . And now I cannot get it out of my head'.