Mercury Reads – Sirens

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Showing on:
Wed 16 December 2020
Approx 1.5hrs
New Writing
Mercury Online
Age Guidance:
14+ contains strong language

Sit back, put your feet up and listen to brand new plays being read for the very first time, from the comfort of your own home.
We’re thrilled to be able to continue to tell stories and engage artists while our theatres are dark.

Each month we’re presenting readings of fresh new writing from some of the east of England’s most exciting wordsmiths.
Streamed live via Zoom, you can listen and take part in a Q&A with the writers and actors involved.


By Kenny Emson

Rory and Gemma break in to the Mersea Island RNLI station on Halloween in 1987. He wants to run away to London. She wants him to notice that’s she’s not drinking. Over the course of the next thirty-four years the consequences of that night will tear their lives apart.
Award-winning playwright, Kenny Emson’s haunting new play explores themes of belonging, family ties and forgiveness.

Kenny Emson – Writer

Kenny Emson is an Essex born and raised award-winning and BAFTA nominated writer. His plays include Parkway Dreams (Eastern Angles), Quadrophenia (Mercury Theatre), Terrorism (Bush Theatre), Plastic (Old Red Lion/Mercury Theatre) and Rust (Bush Theatre). He has also written episodes for the nation’s favourite soap; EastEnders.

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Kenny Emson Headshot

Kenny Emson


Simon Darwen


Theatre credits include: Missing People (Leeds Playhouse/National Theatre Tokyo), Skellig (Nottingham Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Jamie Hendry Productions/NESC/International Tour), The Here and This and Now (Plymouth Drum/Southwark Playhouse), The Pitmen Painters (New Vic), Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola), The Armour/Hotel Plays (Defibrilator), Flare Path (National Tour), Catch 22 (Northern Stage), Virgin (Watford Palace), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Mad About The Boy (Young Vic/Bush Theatre), Sour Lips (Oval House), The Fifth Column, The Taming of the Shrew, What the Women Did (Southwark Playhouse), Love Love Love (Original Cast) (Paines Plough), Unrestless (Old Vic Tunnels), Accolade (Original Revival Cast) (Finborough Theatre), Ramshackle Heart (Public Theatre New York) Arse, Shove (Theatre 503), Mad Forest, The Wonder (BAC), The Merchant of Venice, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Fanny & Faggot (Trafalgar Studios), Nikolina, Bedtime for Bastards (nabokov).

Television credits include: Years and Years, Britannia, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness, The Bletchley Circle, The Bill.

Lauren Alice Johns


Theatre credits include CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE (Arcola)

Television credits include Holby City

Feature Film credits include, BLISS! (Sugar and Water Films, Rita Osei)  HONEYTRAP (Fierce Productions, Rebecca Johnson) PRIDE (Proud Films

Mathew Warchus) ABOUT TIME (Richard Curtis)

Anne Odeke


Anne is an Essex-based actor who trained on the MA acting programme at Mountview and up until lockdown was in rehearsal for The Winter’s Tale with the RSC.  She has appeared at Shakespeare’s Globe in Bartholomew Fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors; and at Oval House in Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon and The Secret Keeper. Other roles include: Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tituba in The Crucible, Alexis in Women of Troy and Sister Anne in Finian’s Rainbow.  Anne appeared at the Queen’s Theatre as Leanne in a rehearsed reading of Stiletto Beach and recently in wrote and performed in MISFITS.

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