Presented by Hayley Wareham co-produced in association with FLUX Theatre

“You always think you'll look like an angel. When you're dead. All peaceful and beautiful. But you don't. You just look like the leftovers of a Boxing Day cheese board.”

Nothing gets past Katy. She’s keen-eyed and sharp-tongued. And since Bradley Lewis made her an origami penguin out of his Costa receipt, nothing much matters any more.

But when her Mum marries Brian, the gaffer tape holding Katy’s world together tears apart. This story isn’t hers anymore.

A play about the impact of domestic abuse and the strength of a young woman determined to keep her voice.

One woman’s story, performed by three women, bottled is a devastating debut from BBC Writers Room’s Hayley Wareham.

Performed in Support of Women's Aid, the play exposes the consequences of refuge closures and funding cuts to Women's services. The performance on Sunday 17th February is followed by a free post-show talk with a speaker from Women's Aid.

Directed by Chris White
Movement direction by Jess Tucker Boyd
Cast: Alice Vilanculo, Isabel Stone, Hayley Wareham

Theatre & Performance
Varies13 — 17 Feb
Cage - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
Combo OfferDramaPlaySocial Issues
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About the company

Hayley Wareham co-produced in association with FLUX Theatre

'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' (National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing) currently plays in repertoire. 'Scenes From 68 Years' (Arcola Theatre) nominated for three OffWestEnd Awards including Best Director. 'Booby’s Bay' (also Offie-nominated) played at Finborough Theatre, Wardrobe Theatre, and site-specific venue in Cornwall. Further Direction includes: 'Trouble and Wonder' (Royal Shakespeare Company) 'I Burn, I Pine, I Perish' (Belgrade, Coventry), '40 Years Young' (Young Vic), Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre), 'The Water When it Burns' (Hampstead Theatre). Chris is an Associate for the Royal Shakespeare Company and former JMK Award Finalist. His recent production of 'Gutted' will tour SE England later this year.

Training: Oxford School of Drama. Theatre503 playwriting group and Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab. BBC Drama Room Writer 2017. Short plays performed at Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse, Arcola.
As an actor: Danielle in Cardboard Citizens' forum theatre play CATHY. National tour including Royal Exchange, Crucible, Nottingham Playhouse and Soho Theatre.

Flux Theatre create socially engaged work that takes risks in form and challenges conventional storytelling, aiming to inspire change, provoke thought and compel audiences. Flux Theatre believe in the practice of collaboration and utilising the imaginations of all involved. They also aim to champion emerging playwrights through their ‘EMERGE’ initiative. Previous work includes CHUTNEY by Reece Connolly (The Bunker 2018), Dubailand by Carmen Nasr (Finborough 2017) which received high praise from the Guardian, The Telegraph and WhatsOnStage and was nominated for an OffWestEnd Award. Roosting by Ella Road, (Park Theatre script accelerator 2017)

Training: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA in Movement Directing). Movement Director for Royal Court’s Young Court project.


Co-produced in association with FLUX Theatre

Director: Chris White
Writer: Hayley Wareham
Associate Producer: Amy Merrigan
Movement Director: Jess Tucker Boyd
Cast: Alice Vilanculo, Isabel Stone, Hayley Wareham

Press & Reviews

Praise for previous work for Chris White, director

The Stage ***** "Director Chris White brings a strong, non-literal stage language to the Arcola Studio, giving this exceptional production a temporary, improvisatory quality"

The Telegraph "Chris White’s elegantly economical direction allows the playlets of Khalil’s drama to unfold with transparent economy"

The Guardian "Cocoa suddenly becomes a play you want to gulp down in great draughts"