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Following an acclaimed debut at Latitude Festival 2015, Poleroid Theatre in association with the Mercury Theatre Colchester present


PLASTIC by Kenneth Emson

Directed by Josh Roche








Remember the moment you became an adult? Or did you miss it?


Kev used to have a girlfriend called Lisa, she wore a fitted blazer and reebok classics, lit up the school yard. Kev used to be the captain of the school football team. Scored the winner in the All-Essex schools cup final. 

Ben used to get beaten up most days. He stole money from his mum’s purse to pay off ‘Wicksy’. Now he’s an accountant. But Ben always had Jack. His loyal, unbreakable mate Jack. 

Adults are the kids that survive school right? 

And what if some kids don’t?


A charged, poetic, unflinchingly honest new drama about time, memory and escape by BAFTA nominated, prizewinning Essex playwright Kenneth Emson. The production is directed by critically acclaimed 2017 JMK Award winner Josh Roche and designed by Sophie Thomas fresh from their lauded production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie at the Young Vic. The show is presented by multi-award winning new writing company Poleroid Theatre (This Must Be The Place) in association with the Mercury Theatre.


★★★★★ London Theatre1 on Poleroid’s This Must Be The Place by Kenneth Emson & Brad Birch at Vault FestivalWinner of Show Of The Year Award

★★★★ The Financial Times on Terrorism by Kenneth Emson at The Bush Theatre

★★★★ The Guardian on My Name Is Rachel Corrie directed by Josh Roche at The Young Vic


Writer – Kenneth Emson

Director – Josh Roche

Designer – Sophie Thomas

Lighting Design – Peter Small

Sound Design – Kieran Lucas

Producer – Poleroid Theatre/Molly Roberts

Associate Producer – Corinne Salisbury

Assistant Producer – Holly White

Cast – 

Mark Weinman (Captain Amazing, Soho Theatre; The Gamechangers, BBC; Press - BBC)

Louis Greatorex (Safe, Netflix; The Last Post, BBC; Last Tango In Halifax, BBC) 

Thomas Coombes (Barbarians, Tooting Arts Club - Off West End Award Winner for Best Male; Him & Her, BBC; Hatton Garden, ITV)

Madison Clare (Recent LAMDA Acting Graduate making her professional stage debut).


Plastic is generously supported by Arts Council England, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and The Old Vic Theatre.


Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)

Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 21st April 2018
Tuesday - Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3pm

Tickets £17 (£15 concessions)


Or call 0333 012 4963 to book on the phone.

The Box Office will open 30 minutes before the performance for cash / card sales and collection of pre-booked tickets.

Latecomers will not be admitted.

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