Freud The Musical

A one woman show about sex, madness and medicine.

Based on the true-life account of Sigmund Freud’s cocaine abuse this comedy gleefully annihilates the father of modern psychology in a flurry of cross-dressing and dick jokes. Unrecognised and approaching middle age Sigmund is drowning in debt, crippled by cocaine and surrounded by madness. Worse yet, his best ideas come from Oedipussy: an imaginary cat-woman who encourages Sigmund to simply listen to his clients between insulting them and taking their money. Watch as this neurotic mess transforms into Freud: the intellectual colossus and father of modern psychology.

Natasha Sutton Williams gives a fearless performance, playing all the characters including the bombastic and desperately addicted Freud and his patients: the raging lesbian Dora, the anal Rat Man and Little Hans, the original Freudian motherfucker. Music is provided a pianist and a soundscape of looped voices is created live each night. The score features thirteen original tunes, including maybe the finest song ever written about sticking rats up your anus.

Free Post Show Talk

There will be a free post-show talk on ‘The History of Drag’ with Queer Historian Gabrielle Watts at 6pm on Sunday 18 March in the Punch Up at VAULT Festival.

EXTRA LIVE / RELAXED Performance

The matinee at 4.45pm on Sunday 18th of March is an Extra Live! / Relaxed performance. Please see Accessibility at VAULT for more information.

Theatre
1hr 00m
The Vaults
14 — 18 Mar 19:45
£11.50
15+
19:45
18 Mar
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Dates

Wednesday 14 March Wed 14 Mar 19:45 Included in 2 for 1 Offer Book Now
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About the company

Working Birthday

We are Working Birthday theatre company, we came together to make entertaining theatre about difficult subjects.

From the team that brought you Clown Sex at Southwark Playhouse, Dead Lucy at Brasserie Zedel and Prone to Mischief at Old Red Lion Theatre.

We’re the filthy joke that makes your mum laugh despite herself.

Natasha Sutton Williams – Writer, Composer & Performer

Natasha Sutton William’s work includes ‘Dead Lucy’ at Southwark Playhouse, Brasserie Zedel, Waterloo East Theatre, Angel Comedy Club, ‘Clown Sex’ at Arcola Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Bunker Theatre, Angel Comedy Club, ‘Freud The Musical’ at King’s Head Theatre, Space Theatre, ‘Prone to Mischief’ at Old Red Lion Theatre, and ‘I AM NOT SICK’ at the Pleasance Theatre. She is a graduate of the West End Criterion Theatre’s new writing programme 2017. She is a member of the Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Alumni scheme and has been twice shortlisted for their Young Writers’ Award. She is an arts journalist for Londoncalling.com.

She performed as an actor-musician in ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ at the Old Vic Tunnels, London. She was lead singer in the ‘Chaplin Songs Cabaret’ performed at the Berlin Silent Film Festival, which was also recorded for German radio. She was one of two singers for the National Theatre’s production of ‘Women Beware Women’. She sings early jazz and musical theatre internationally and composes and performs the music for her plays. Natasha is signed with Hannah Layton Management.

Bern Roche Farrelly – Producer

Bern Roche Farrelly is a writer, dramaturg, producer and founding member of Working Birthday.

His work includes writing and directing ‘Determine’, a choose your own adventure style play set in a world without free will at The Yard Theatre in 2014. He was the dramaturg and producer of ‘Freud The Musical’, at the King’s Head Theatre. Also, that is his suit Freud wears on stage.

He produced ‘The People Versus Democracy’, an interactive theatre game for Hobo Theatre. Performed at London’s Free Word Centre during the 2015 UK general Election the show was called ‘A provocative piece of theatre’ RemoteGoat and received a five star review from BritishTheatre.com.

He currently works as Communications Manager for the Poetry Translation Centre where he oversees their online presence and workshop programme. He was a reader for Arcola Theatre’s PlayWROUGHT 2017 and recently completed the Criterion Theatre new writing programme.

He has been known to fill his twitter feed with drawings of sleeping heads. See for yourself @BernDraws.

Steph Weller – Producer

Steph is an independent producer who supports theatre companies and
individuals with project development, production management and touring. She is producer for the annual Reading Fringe Festival, and is currently working on the premieres of ‘Matilda the Empress’ by Reading Between the Lines, and ‘Alby the Christmas Penguin’ by Reading Rep. She has worked with Tonic Theatre, MAYK, IJAD Dance, and The Very Perry Show.

Press & Reviews

Female Arts on Freud The Musical

★★★★ “I laughed out loud the entire way through and could have happily watched another hour of this work.”

London Theatre 1 on Freud The Musical

★★★★ “An amusing and charmingly chaotic production.”

The Reviews Hub on Freud The Musical

★★★★ “If you want to spend an hour of your night belly laughing you’ll be well catered for.”

Ginger Wig & Strolling Man on Freud The Musical

★★★★ “This show was filled with gags, outrage, and lots of cocaine. Be sure to check it out!”

UK Theatre Network on Freud The Musical

“Veritable tour-de-force.”

London City Nights on Freud The Musical

“Impressive songs and the fearless way the piece strides into questionable territory, mark this as a performance to remember. It's ambitious, bold and a bit mad.”

A Younger Theatre on Clown Sex

“This piece aimed to shock and hit its mark head on.”

A Younger Theatre on Dead Lucy

“Filthy, bold and frighteningly recognisable.”

The Daily Mail on More More More

"Sick and depraved"

The Mirror on More More More

"Incredibly bad taste"