Presented by Nick Bruckman, Ng Choon Ping and Matthew Schmolle Productions

A story about real-life gay celebrity serial-killer Jeffrey Dahmer. And real love.

"Why do they make the body of Christ so dry? With the wafer. It’s not like that at all. Bodies aren’t dry.

They’re wet."

PUFFERFISH is based on the real, but hard-to-believe story of Jeffrey Dahmer, who took the lives of 17 young men in the 1980s.

Digging past the bias and homophobia colouring the initial reporting, it explores the edges of our own loves, fears and desires. A glimpse into the darkness and the light inside one of the worlds most infamous serial-killers. Clashing together true crime, gentle comedy, brutal horror and old-fashioned romance, ‘PUFFERFISH cuts you open’. (De Groene Amsterdammer).

This UK Premiere of Pufferfish comes to the VAULT Festival following a sell-out run at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam as one of the most lauded new plays of 2017/2018 and part of the National Dutch Theatre Festival.

***** 'Horrifying, heartbreaking and astonishingly beautiful' Theaterkrant
**** Het Parool
**** NRC

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Varies06 — 10 Mar
Cage - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
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About the company

Nick Bruckman, Ng Choon Ping and Matthew Schmolle Productions

This is writer Nick Bruckman's debut play. He was a member of the introduction to playwriting group at the Royal Court and is current member of their invited studio group. He previously worked as an assistant director at theatres including ATC, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Royal Court Theatre and Theater Utrecht. Current project: a new play funded by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. Day job: copywriter.

Director Ng Choon Ping’s credits include Tamburlaine (Arcola), Crocodiles (Royal Exchange), Macbeth (Central School), Golden Child (New Diorama), Collision and Carla's Puppet (National Theatre New Views), Snap (Young Vic 5 by 5). Assistant directing includes Chimerica (Almeida and West End), Nut (National Theatre), Bakersfield Mists (West End), and Cyprus Avenue (Royal Court). He was the inaugural recipient of the Royal Exchange Hodgkiss Award for Young Directors.

Matthew Schmolle Productions is supported by StageOne and the Old Vic 12.


Written by Nick Bruckman
Directed by Ng Choon Ping
Produced by Matthew Schmolle Productions

Jeff - Jackson Milner
Chris - Arian Nik
Anne - Asha Reid

Design - Charlotte Espiner
Lighting and Projection Design - Gillian Tan
Composer and Sound Design - Tom Foskett-Barnes

Press & Reviews

Praise for Pufferfish in Amsterdam:

National Dutch Theatre Festival Jury http://tf.nl/programma-onderdeel/kogelvis/ - ‘The most beautiful murder scene ever seen on stage.’

Theaterkrant 5***** https://www.theaterkrant.nl/recensie/kogelvis-2/toneelgroep-oostpool-introdans-het-gelders-orkest-musis-en-stadstheater-arnhem/

'Horrifying, heartbreaking and astonishingly beautiful'
'Everything about this piece is dissonant, filled with longing, and filled with death'
'in the beautiful final scene, all the music disappears, and it goes deafeningly quiet'
'The piece also alternates between being very funny and horribly detailed. It is precisely in this contrast between the human and the worst imaginable, combined with so much beauty, that Pufferfish cuts you open.'

De Groene Amsterdammer (Holland’s oldest literary magazine)

'The play is about wanting to surrender to something that is not allowed, or wanting to own something that cannot be owned.'
'Everything seems to be in balance. And at the same time terrifyingly unhinged. That is what makes Kogelvis such a remarkable, yet deadly calm experience.'
‘Horrific. And beautiful.’

Parool 4****

‘It’s a text that alternates coffee table conversations with the most brutal details about mutilation and necrophilia’