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Don’t Smoke in Bed

Harry McDonald and Joseph Winer

Tue 31st Jan - Sun 5th Feb
21:30,21:00 (
60 mins)
Theatre
Drama / LGBTQIA+ Voices / New Writing
Tickets from £13.00
Venue: Pit
Age Guidance: 15+
Contains strong language, themes of sexual violence and reference to self-harm.

“I’ve called him Mr Pandemonium. I didn’t know his name so I gave him one.”

When Jack returns home one night with a bloody face, he is forced to confront a frightening reality he thought he was immune from. His flatmate and best friend Molly thinks she knows what’s best, but Jack doesn’t want to deal with the issue head on. When he leans into a tortuous and self-destructive coping strategy, it threatens to destroy their friendship – and his relationship with boyfriend Ben.

A cutting psychological drama by debut playwright Harry McDonald. Directed by Joseph Winer, whose previous VAULT show ‘Drag Baby’ received 4 and 5 star reviews at the King’s Head Theatre in 2022.

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Tue 31st Jan
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Wed 1st Feb
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Thu 2nd Feb
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Fri 3rd Feb
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Sat 4th Feb
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Sun 5th Feb
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Harry McDonald and Joseph Winer

Harry McDonald is a writer for and about theatre. Between 2016-2019 he published a blog of theatre criticism that gravitated towards discussions of class and voice on the stage. He created work for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse’s Love Liverpool project, and has other plays in development. Joseph Winer is a director whose work engages with queerness, legacy, and notions of community. His recent work includes Drag Baby by Grace Carroll at the King’s Head Theatre, which received 4 and 5 star reviews, and The Happy Prince, commissioned by Watford Palace Theatre.

Press & Reviews

Praise for previous work by Joseph Winer:


LondonTheatre1 ★★★★★ 'a truly impressive play' (Drag Baby)


London Pub Theatres ★★★★½ 'conversational, realistic, witty and sometimes brutally honest [...] a great piece of queer theatre exquisitely directed by Joseph Winer' (Drag Baby)


LondonTheatre1 ★★★★​ 'astute direction by Joseph Winer [...] a forensic eye for detail' (Pictland)

Cast & Creative Team Writer: HARRY MCDONALD
Director: JOSEPH WINER

Further cast and creatives to be announced.


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