Without That Certain Thing

Presented by Thank You Dark.

‘She was not my type.
Badly dressed.
She had nothing, really.
Just that hook... ’

When Emery Sullivan, an ex-private investigator, meets the conspicuously straight Madeleine at an LGB speed-dating night, sparks don’t exactly fly. But when Madeleine reveals she’s being stalked by a mysterious stranger called Swann, Sullivan is hooked - and agrees to take the case. She starts following Madeleine across London as a way of observing Swann: finding out who he is, what he wants, and what he might be capable of. And when he mistakes her for a rival for Madeleine’s affections, Sullivan decides to play along - letting herself be drawn into a tangle of deceit and obsession...

WITHOUT THAT CERTAIN THING is a darkly comic noir mystery about desire, obsession, possession, swans, oysters, and pedalos. With witty, fast paced dialogue and playful, kinetic staging, it explores where our ideas about love and romance come from - and where they might lead.

From writer Rory Platt (Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503) and director Chloe Christian (English National Opera, Finborough, New Diorama), presented by Thank You Dark.

Theatre & Performance
Varies27 Feb — 03 Mar
Network Theatre
1hr 00m
Combo OfferComedyDramaLGBTQ+Member Offer
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About the company

Thank You Dark.

This production marks the first collaboration between director Chloe Christian and writer Rory Platt, and will be the first show by new company Thank You Dark. Its aim will be to create genre bending, multimedia theatre, using creatives from a variety of performance and artistic disciplines.

Rory is a playwright and fiction writer from Manchester based in north London. His work has been seen at the Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, the Pleasance Islington, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Burton Taylor Studio. He has an MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Central School of Speech and Drama and is an alumni of the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab.

Chloe Christian currently works as Staff Director to English National Opera, is the youngest member of the JMK Fuse Directors at The West Yorkshire Playhouse and Director for Kalon, New Diorama Emerging Company 2017/18. She has directed and assisted in physical theatre, spoken word, opera, musicals, contemporary music instalations and, occasionally, straight plays. She has just completed assisting Daniel Kramer on the first ever staging of War Requiem at the London Coliseum.


Writer: Rory Platt

Director: Chloe Christian

Dramaturg: Olivia Ouwehand

Press & Reviews

Praise for Rory Platt.

The Skinny **** Stars 'To put it simply, damn good fun'

Praise for Chloe Christian

A Younger Theatre: 'Child’s Play, is full of treasures...Chloe Christian’s direction makes the most of the trio’s talents'