A new comedy drama about finding your nan’s suicide note by award-winning writer and performer Sophie Bentinck. Pauline is the story of three generations of women in one family – and of the writer who went digging in the family secrets file in order to bring them all on stage.
Following rave reviews in Edinburgh, and sold out shows at The Pleasance Islington, this Offie nominated production charts Sophie’s funny, heart-breaking journey against all odds, to tell the story of the women whose shoulders she stands on.
In 1967 Pauline died of an overdose, fifty years later Sophie found her diaries. Be prepared to witness a brutally honest and joyfully hilarious glimpse into what it has meant to be a woman in the Bentinck family as far back as 1921.
“Captivating” – Phoebe Waller-Bridge
WINNER – Breakthrough Memoir 2022
RUNNER UP – Screenshot 2020
Sophie Bentinck is an award winning writer and performer making her VAULTS debut. Sophie was recently selected by acclaimed writer Cathy Rentzenbrink as Curtis Brown’s Breakthrough Memoir Scholar for the adaptation she is writing of the play. She also came runner up at the prestigious Screenshot 2020 competition run by Sister Pictures where the judging panel which included Olivia Colman, Lolly Adefope, and Rosie Jones said of 'Pauline' “it is important this story gets told” and Phoebe Waller-Bridge praised the play as “captivating.”
Press & Reviews
Everything Theatre ★★★★★ - Unmissable!
The Scotsman ★★★★ - Moving…compelling…a memoir in progress
BroadwayBaby ★★★★ - A charming, heartwarming watch which one would regret missing
Three Weeks ★★★★ - Funny as well as poignant
North West End ★★★★ - A skillful study of the value of storytelling
The Fringe Review - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW
Cast & Creative Team Director: Fred Wienand
Sound Designer Anna Short
Stage Manager : Megan Rose McCarthy