See this film: The Arbor at ArtsEmerson @ the Paramount

Andrea Dunbar's short life - she died at age 29 in 1990 as a result of her multiple addictions - was as tormented and astonishing as her three plays. They are uncompromising accounts of the desperate, defiled lives of the poor in the housing project in Bradford, England, where she grew up, including The Arbor, which is also the title of Clio Barnard's 2010 biographical film about her. Part fiction and part documentary, it is a fitting tribute to an artist whom one observer described as "a genius straight from the slums with black teeth and a brilliant smile." It screens at ArtsEmerson in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston | Thursday, July 21 @ 6 pm | $10; $7.50 seniors; $5 students | 617.824.8400 or

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