Welcome to the Beerey household: Dad’s locked up, Daughter’s knocked up, Mum’s fed up… what’s going on?
Beerey is a verbatim one act play, sharing the true experiences of Sue and Elle during and since the arrest and wrongful conviction of Jon Beere, known as Beerey, Sue’s husband and Elle’s father. Beerey was arrested in 2011 part as part of Operation Disorient (one of the UK’s biggest international drugs smuggling busts) in 2011. Jon is serving 24 years in prison for a crime he maintains that he did not commit, and is fighting for his freedom alongside the rest of ‘The Freshwater Five’ (as they have become known).
Beerey is the true story of one family’s fight for justice, and to stand strong together. Honest, raw, funny and heartbreaking,the play tells the usually hidden story of the impact of a wrongful conviction on the family members left behind. Sue and Elle tell their stories with total honesty, candour, with
no holds barred and often a great deal of humour… Their story makes you wonder, what would you do if your perfectly ordinary family was suddenly swept into the nightmare of a high profile drugs prosecution? If a member of your family is accused of a crime will everyone believe not just that that person is guilty, but that you’re all guilty?