A Mercury Original

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Showing on:
Sat 6 November 2021
1hr 25mins approx
Studio Theatre
Show includes smoking, strong language and emotive themes of grief. Please speak to a member of our box office team for more information.

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.

This haunting new play explores themes of belonging, family ties and forgiveness.

Kenny Emson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He is a past winner of the Mercury Theatre playwriting prize, the Adopt a Playwright Award, the Adrienne Benham Award and the Clare McIntyre Bursary at the Royal Court Theatre, and has been shortlisted for both the Bruntwood and Pearson Prizes. His plays have been performed by the Bush Theatre, Nabokov, Eastern Angles and High Tide Theatre companies as well as at Festivals in the UK, New York and Cape Town. In TV/online, he was BAFTA-nominated for The Last Hours of Laura K, has participated in the BBC Writers’ Academy and Bush/Kudos schemes, and been a Red Planet Prize finalist.

Post Show Q&A

Join us following the 8pm performance on Thu 4 Nov for a 30 minute post-show Q&A session led by Mercury Theatre’s Talent Development Producer, Dilek Latif & Siren’s writer Kenny Emson. They will guide the conversation as the cast and creative team answer audience questions about the work, the themes of the piece and the creative process.


Made possible with the support of SELEP Ltd as part of Catalyst For Culture.

Jesse Akele


Simon Darwen


Tanya-Loretta Dee


Kenny Emson – Writer

Bethany Pitts – Director 

Zoe Hurwitz – Co-Designer 

Cara Evans – Co-Designer

Kathrine Sandys – Lighting Designer

Frazer Merrick – Sound Designer 

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