Femfresh and Forests. An arson, a mystery and an unexpected friendship.

“That’s when the police decided to show me the CCTV footage. At first I thought it was just some bloke with a hat pulled down over his face.
The problem was when the dancing started.
And not just any dancing.
Tap dancing.”

When it looks like Fred Astaire has burnt down Boots the chemist, Willow (Tanya Loretta Dee) knows that something is seriously afoot. She braves the wilds of Lynx Africa, talking trees, and infertility to find an unlikely friend in Liz (Illona Linthwaite) as she tracks down the truth. BOOTS is a new play about ending the silence that would keep even Ginger Rogers on her toes.

A funny, heartbreaking adventure through forests, friendship and FemFresh that reveals the loneliness of age and the power of Mother Nature.

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BOOTS, by Jessica Butcher and Sacha Voit, features an original sound score by Jack Wyllie of Portico Quartet, and set design by well known street artist Louis Masai. Directed by Lucy Wray (Resident Director, Almeida 2018).

Jessica Butchers’s first play, Sparks, also premiered at VAULT Festival 2018, 21 – 25 February.

BOOTS & HeForShe: What Actually Helps? Double BillSave £8 (or £4 off each ticket) when booking to BOOTS and HeForShe: What Actually Helps?. Simply add a ticket to each show into your basket to take advantage of the offer.
1hr 00m
The Vaults
07 — 11 Mar 19:25
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About the company

Small Things Theatre and Butcher & Dee

Small Things Theatre champions new writing and emerging artists. They have produced sell out Edinburgh 2015 show The Stolen Inches (★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ A Younger Theatre), No Place For A Woman at Theatre 503 (★★★★★ StageTalkUK, ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ The Upcoming) and most recently A Gym Thing at The Pleasance, Edinburgh 2017 (★★★★ The Scotsman). Most of their work begins life as a short segment at A Night Of Small Things a variety night nurturing the best new poetry, comedy, theatre and music, which will also be making an appearance at VAULT Festival 2018.

Jessica Butcher – Co-writer/Producer for Dee and Butcher
This is Jessica’s debut play. She is an actress best known for her role in solo show Where do Little Birds Go? Edinburgh and VAULT Festival 2015.
‘A triumph’ ★★★★ THE TIMES
‘Heartbreaking’ ★★★★ DAILY MAIL
‘Warm, evocative, and intelligent’ ★★★★ THE STAGE

Sacha Voit – Co-writer

Tanya Loretta Dee – Willow/Playwright/Producer for Dee and Butcher
Tanya Loretta Dee is an actress who was raised in Birmingham and now lives in London. She is also a writer and spoken word poet. Some of her previous work includes playing Tanya Harvey in Law and Order UK (ITV), The Bill (ITV) and In the Line of Beauty (BBC1), as well as various commercials for ITV and Sky T.V. She also played main character Olivia in Meshack Enahoro feature film Vehemence. Tanya has just finished a successful month run at Edinburgh Fringe in Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish poetry play, Offside, which also toured at many UK theatres early 2017 across the UK gaining 5* reviews for her performance as Emma Clarke. Tanya regularly performs poetry and various spoken word events in London, and was nominated for “Best Performance Poet” at Farrago Poetry Zoo awards; the longest running poetry awards ceremony in London.

Illona Linthwaite – Liz
Illona trained at Rose Bruford and left at a time when repertory theatre was thriving. In the ’80s and ’90s she formed her own company Mica to promote women in the theatre as performers, writers, directors and designers. During this time she also wrote and performed THE SPIRIT OF APHRA BEHN and commissioned Adrian Mitchell to write ANNA ON ANNA a play about the Edwardian poet Anna Wickham. With these two solo plays she travelled to Scotland, Japan, France, India and many places in America.
She has worked at the Arcola, Lyric (Hammersmith), Donmar Warehouse (RSC) Playhouse (West End), Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, BAC, the Greenwich and National Theatres and most recently, The Old Red Lion.
When she is not acting she is lucky enough to work at Drama Studio London where she directs and teaches.

Philip Scott-Wallace – Producer for Small Things Theatre
Philip is a founding member of The Small Things Theatre Company. He has produced The Stolen Inches, No Place For A Woman and directed and co-produced A Gym Thing. He trained as an actor at LAMDA. Theatre credits include: ‘BASH’ by Neil LaBute (Trafalgar Studios), ‘The Ring Cycle’ and ‘Oedipus’ (The Scoop), ‘The London Cuckolds’ (The Pleasance Islington), ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (GB Theatre). TV and Film includes: ‘Downton Abbey’ (ITV), ‘Paddy’ (London Short Film Festival) and ‘Ajintha’ (ICPPL, Indian Marahti Movie).

Cecily Boys – Dramaturg

Artistic Team
Co-writer & Producer
Jessica Butcher
Sacha Volt
Willow/Playwright/Director for Dee & Butcher
Tanya Loretta Dee
Producer for Small Things Theatre
Philip Scott-Wallace
Cecily Boys
Illona Linthwaite

Press & Reviews

Praise for No Place For a Woman by Cordelia O'Neill at Theatre 503

★★★★★ Gripping - ReviewsHub

★★★★ Moving in every sense of the word...Given the lasting impression of No Place for a Woman, I’m excited to see what Cordelia O’Neill comes up with next - Everything Theatre

★★★★ Both intricate and understated, No Place for a Woman is a subtle and compelling character piece set during the closing days of the Second World War. In her second play for Small Things Theatre, writer Cordelia O’Neill shows impressive economy, her sparse, intercutting dialogue presenting two sides of the same grim story. -
The Stage

Praise for A Gym Thing by Tom Vallen at Edinburgh 2017

★★★★ ...required watching for anyone who finds themselves getting obsessive about self-improvement. A Gym Thing never hammers its message home, instead making its points with a brutal elegance. - The Scotsman

Praise for the sell-out show The Stolen Inches by Cordelia O’Neill at Edinburgh 2015

★★★★ The Small Things Theatre Company’s The Stolen Inches brilliantly puts family relationships under a microscope…delightfully complex in theme and message, and manages to find the sweet spot that a good deal of theatre is often seeking – we leave the auditorium full of thoughts and questions…Extremely well acted…The standard is notably high. – Broadway Baby

Praise for Tanya-Loretta Dee and Jessica Butcher in Offside (Edinburgh 2017)

★★★★★ Tanya-Loretta Dee and Jessica Butcher portray both their characters and their heroines with an incredible sensitivity to the distinctions and similarities between each woman. The audience leave caring deeply about each individual character, and the chemistry between Mickey and Keeley is heartwarming - BroadwayBaby