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Tristan Bates Theatre
1a Tower St, London, WC2H 9NP
t: 0207 240 3940
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Cost £15, concessions: £12.50
Tel020 3841 6600
"Dark, wryly humorous and scarily relevant"


Tuesday 10th - Saturday 28th July 2018

Bear In The Air Productions presents the première of LOCKED UP, a gripping, wryly humorous new play written by Heather Simpkin.

Directed by James McAndrew
Cast: Samuel Ranger (Declan) and Conor Cook (Topher)

LOCKED UP marks Heather Simpkin’s professional London début as a powerful, bold new playwright and launches Bear In The Air Productions, an emerging theatre company dedicated to new work and promoting the careers of up-and-coming creatives.

Two men are trapped in a confined space which they interpret as their cell. Since being taken against their will, the only world that exists for them is that cell and an enigmatic White Room where there are few clues to their immediate predicament...

Desperation grows as Declan (Samuel Ranger) and Topher (Conor Cook) try to find a way out and discover answers to their questions. As the tension builds both characters reflect upon each other and their situation. Will they buckle under the strain of emotional endurance or can they remain rational enough to piece together the twists and turns of their absurd situation?

LOCKED UP is a powerful, slickly written story that explores trust, betrayal and comradeship in times of trouble. It directly engages with the current political and social landscape whilst addressing the nature of integrity and honesty in everyone, from the most powerful to the voiceless and vulnerable in society.

Poignant, wryly humorous and scarily relevant. Bold, punchy and powerful new writing. A fascinating must see new play.

Evenings: 19.45pm (Saturday matinees: 14.30pm)
Previews: Tuesday 10th – Wednesday 11th July
No performances on Sundays or Mondays.
Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval).

Please note: The Tristan Bates Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible.
Address: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NP
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