Simon has returned to uni after taking a year out. He just wants to get on with his finals and not slip back into old, destructive habits. Mia, a first-year, is embracing the explosive freedom of life away from home.

Simon doesn’t want to leave his room. But then he meets Mia.

IKARIA is a love story about finding salvation in someone else.

IKARIA was awarded a runner-up prize for the Ambassador Theatre Group Playwrights’ Prize, in association with Platform Presents and Time Out. IKARIA was developed with Tightrope Theatre with support from New Diorama Theatre.



Simon – James Wilbraham

Mia – Amaia Naima Aguinaga


Creative Team:

Playwright/Director – Philippa Lawford

Producer/Associate Director – Izzy Parriss


About Tightrope:

Tightrope was established in 2017 by Philippa Lawford. The company has staged work in London, Oxford, Edinburgh, having plays selected for the National Student Drama Festival and A Pinch of VAULT. Previous work includes 5* (London Theatre Reviews) Scholar’s Creek (White Bear Theatre, 2022), imaginary natural beings (The Glitch, 2022) and 4* (A Younger Theatre) Nightfall (White Bear Theatre, 2021).

In November 2022, Tightrope will stage Ikaria at the Old Red Lion, and in February 2023 it will stage Emile and Emily as part of VAULT Festival.


Previous Press for Tightrope Theatre:


‘*****… Absolutely electric… flawless writing’ - London Theatre Reviews


‘****… A ferociously relevant burst of energy’ - A Younger Theatre


‘Hysterical horror… biting satire’ - The Sunday Times


‘Energetic and funny, and not afraid to shock. Bravo’ - The Scotsman


‘**** Uncanny… My highest commendations’ - Oxford Mail


‘Completely astounding… Utterly hysterical’ - Noises Off


About the Playwright/Director:

Philippa Lawford is a playwright and director based in London. She trained with the John Burgess Playwriting Course, National Youth Theatre, Michael Grandage’s Futures Company and an MSt in Writing for Performance at Cambridge University.

As a writer, Ikaria is Philippa’s full-length play. She has previously written and directed for Bomb Factory Theatre, which she established as co-Artistic Director with India Peppe in 2019.

As a director, Philippa has worked at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as London and Oxford fringe venues. She has worked as an assistant director at Jermyn Street Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, and was previously a reader for the Finborough Theatre and the ETPEP award.


About the Producer/Associate Director:

Izzy Parriss is a theatre director and producer based in London. Izzy graduated with a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 and went on to complete an internship with the New York based theatre company Yonder Window. She has worked freelance for companies such as Ambassador Theatre Group, Theatre503, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Three Sisters Productions and Bomb Factory Theatre where she was the lead producer for one and a half years. She also runs her own production company, Izzy Parriss Productions, which recently platformed its debut play at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 (receiving multiple 5 star reviews). Izzy has been working with Tightrope on IKARIA since its first workshop which was supported by New Diorama Theatre in May 2022.


Ticket information:

Performance dates: Tuesday 8th - Saturday 19th November

Performance time: 7.30 pm (Tuesday - Saturday)

Tickets: £18/£12.50

suitable for 16+

The show is 2 hours with an interval.



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