Chairing post-show talks and panel discussions that give unmissable insights to audiences is my favourite thing to do. I have a wide variety of events coming up for plays and musicals across London and beyond.

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After riveting discussions around Flashbang, Feel, At Last and Lately, I’m back with Proforca Theatre to discuss The Shatter Box, the company’s latest new play, as well as exciting new work by associate artists also programmed during the new season at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.

Noun. shatterbox (plural shatterboxes) A device for mechanically pulverizing a sample of material, used by scientists.

A man wakes up confined to a cage in a clandestine facility.

The cage will only open when he tells the truth.

The only thing that will save his life is a desperate act of compliance.

A woman is assigned to a cage in a clandestine facility.

The cage will only open when she uncovers the truth.

The only thing that will save her life is the ultimate act of defiance.

The only problem is that neither of them knows quite what the truth is, and neither of them knows quite how far each of them will go to discover it before time runs out.

The Shatter Box is a rollercoaster dystopian cat-and-mouse tango of interrogation, coercion, staying alive and lying through your teeth from the critically-acclaimed Offie-nominated team behind Flashbang (2022), Lately (2021), AAAAA (2021) and At Last (2019) which opens the autumn/winter season at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre this September.

The world premiere production stars Kieran Dee, Dodie Finamore, Alex O’Donnell, Nick Hardie and Melissa Phillips, and is directed by Lion & Unicorn artistic director David Brady.

Following the 7.30pm press night performance on Thursday 7 September 2023, I’ll chair a discussion with The Shatter Box company about this latest new play from Proforca, followed by a celebration of other upcoming work by Lion & Unicorn associate artists.

(NB: Contains strong language, adult themes and discussions and depictions of violence and torture.)

Book tickets for The Shatter Box + post-show Q&A