Too Much World At Once

Too Much World at Once
Show Information
Showing on:
Tue 18 April 2023
Approx. 2hrs 5mins, incl. interval
Age Guidance:

A new play by Billie Collins

“We should’ve seen this coming. We did. We did see this coming. The world will not be kind to us because we haven’t given it a reason to be.”

Nobles’s fifteenth birthday is not going well. After a fight at school, he returns home to a squashed cake and a leaky ceiling. His dad’s working away (again), and his sister Cleo is stationed on a remote island thousands of miles away with the British Antarctic Survey. Noble and Cleo have always been close – but now she’s gone silent, and he doesn’t know why. He’s never felt more alone, and whilst his mum Fiona is doing her best to hold things together, she always seems to say the wrong thing. There’s a strange energy in the air, and Noble knows he needs to get out. That night, he turns into a bird.

Noble wakes the next day in a barn belonging to new-kid Ellis, who agrees to help him lie low until he works things out. The son of an RAF pilot, Ellis has moved around a lot and, despite his bravado, never really found a friend. But there’s something about Noble that has him intrigued. And as their friendship grows, the world is thrown into crisis.

On Bird Island, Cleo’s losing faith. She always thought she could make a difference, but now the birds are disappearing and she’s struggling to cope. Back home, Fiona’s house is collapsing – and with it, everything she held dear. She sacrificed her own scientific career to have a family, and yet she keeps pushing them away. All the while, dark clouds gather on the horizon. There’s a storm coming – and when it arrives, it’ll be time to take flight.

At the height of the storm, more and more children transform, and in one epic journey Noble flies to Cleo. Pushed to the brink, each character must re-evaluate all they’ve clung to, and emerge from the wreckage into a new, unsteady world.

A lyrical, theatrical journey that spans continents and lives, Too Much World at Once is an urgent LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story for our times.

See it if you enjoyed Sap, Wreckage or Time and Tide.


Schools Tickets

Tickets for schools are £10, with a free ticket for staff with every 10 tickets purchased.

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Content Warning

Climate crisis, climate grief and anxiety.
Mental health – references to anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Discussion of homophobia and use of homophobic language.
Family conflict.
Brief moment of nudity.

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Ewan Grant


Ewan trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

His theatre credits include: Rob the Baker’s Boy in The Legend of Robin Hood (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds).

Credits whilst training include: Lord Arlington in Nell Gwynn; Billy Bigelow in Carousel; Gavroche in Les Misérables; John Bechdel in Fun Home; Willy/Dance Captain in Flora the Red Menace; Liam in Blister.

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Evie Hargreaves


Evie is a northern actor who recently graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Her credits include BBC’s Doctors and Miss Nobody for BBC Radio 4, for which she has been nominated for Best Debut Performance at the BBC Audio Drama awards.

She is thrilled to be making her professional stage debut with Box of Tricks.

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Alexandra Mathie


Alexandra trained at LAMDA and works extensively in UK theatre and radio as well as making regular TV appearances on Coronation Street and Doctors.

Frequent theatre appearances including five Off Broadway shows, in Scarborough with Alan Ayckbourn, at Royal Exchange Manchester, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, with Heroica Theatre Company and recently Amadeus at the National Theatre.

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Paddy Stafford


Paddy is from Derby.

After graduating the Manchester School of Theatre in 2020, he has worked on both stage and screen.

Paddy’s credits include work for BFI, BBC, Not Too Tame, Derby Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre.


Playwright – Billie Collins
Director – Adam Quayle
Designer – Katie Scott
Sound Designer & Composer – Lee Affen
Lighting Designer – Richard Owen
Movement Director – Aiden Crawford

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