A Wake In Progress

Presented by Fine Mess Theatre & Leila Sykes

"I’m sorry. But I need this. I need this authorial, this cinematic moment. No one will forget this. No one will forget me. Because when it comes to it I will be remembered in the most romantic, bullshit way possible..."

A young person is dying. But they aren't going to go out without one final gesture: something that everyone will remember them by. A Wake in Progress uniquely combines scripted scenes and audience interaction to tell a funny yet moving story of love, death and funerals.

Developed over the past year with the support of Interactive theatre stalwarts the Lab Collective (Incoming/Exodus, The 'Neath) for this world premiere at the VAULT Festival, A Wake in Progress puts you in the driving seat. From casting the actors to the back stories of the characters, every aspect of the show is decided live by that night's audience, building to a completely new ending written live on the night every night. Come laugh, cry and mourn with us!

Theatre & Performance
Varies06 — 10 Feb
Cage - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
Combo OfferComedyDramaInteractiveMember Offer
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About the company

Fine Mess Theatre & Leila Sykes

Fine Mess Theatre is led by Artistic Director Kyle Ross. In the last few years they have produced new writing around the UK. Their awards include: Brighton Pick of the Fringe , International Youth Arts Festival Best of the Fest , BBC Writersoom Award for Drama , Les Enfants Terribles Award and Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Pitch Your Play.

Leila Sykes has produced at VAULT Festival, Southwark Playhouse, The Pleasance Islington, Old Red Lion, & Edinburgh Fringe. In 2015 Leila set up her own company AIAWTC and through them has produced three successful off west end shows in London and two national tours, as well as Women in the West End a three week festival celebrating female creativity. In 2017 Leila was welcomed onto the prestigious Stage One scheme, an organisation supporting the next generation of West End producers.

Joel Samuels previous plays include Year One (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Divas (Pleasance Courtyard), Mountcliff Farm (Ivor Novello) and The Common Land (Rose Theatre Kingston), as well as numerous short plays and films.


Writer & Director: Joel Samuels
Producer: Leila Sykes & Fine Mess Theatre
Cast (from): Andrew David, Amy Fleming, Molly Small, Stella Taylor, & Daniel Ward

Press & Reviews

"Praise for previous work"

Fringe Guru **** "An almost filmic image of a specific place and time"
The Stage **** "Inspired satirical take"
Fest **** "Ingeniously twisting narrative"