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Under the Radar

Written by Jonathon Crewe

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Awarded Offcomm Commendation for Short Run

Standing Ovation Nomination 2019 'for Jonathon Crewe’s macabre and comical exploration of gender creating an innovative and groundbreaking piece of theatre'


Back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2019, Under the Radar is a dark comedy about gender, consent, power and violence.

Lee, a quick-witted reporter, sets out to write a career-making article on an eccentric inventor, Captain Martin Christensen, and the maiden voyage of his private submarine.  The two set off and, before long, the confined space of the vessel becomes a darkly comic microcosm for the conflicts between gender, tradition and modernity.  Under the radar these extremes play out, but only one of the passengers will make it back to shore.

 ​Under the Radar looks to dissect unconscious bias and misogyny, especially relevant in the #MeToo era. Through a sharp, witty and macabre narrative lens, it examines our cultures and traditions and asks how connected they are to the foundations of prejudice.

Each Wednesday, the show will be followed by a panel of thought leaders and experts on different themes - supported by the Culture Capital Exchange and the University of West London

16th March - Gender, Power, Consent and Violence. Panellists: Professor Helen Hester (Author of Xenofeminism); Jess Leigh (campaigner and lead trainer at Our Streets Now); Dr Marcus Nicholls (lecturer in media).

23rd March - Media Ethics: Reporting on Violence. Panellists: Nina de Ayala Parker (campaigner, political lobbyist, and justice activist); Dr Sumaya Al Nahed (senior lecturer in journalism); Professor Garin Dowd

30th March - Creative Writing, Narrative and Violence. Panellists: Dr Sarah Grochala (playwright); Dr Jonathon Crewe; Professor Jeremy Strong


Previous Reviews:

‘Crewe’s macabre narrative skilfully interweaves witty dialogue and dark comical moments to address some serious issues relevant in the #MeToo era....a rollercoaster of unexpected twists and turns...a staggering, shocking, exciting and ground-breaking piece of theatre....tight talented production - unlike any other...This really is a must-see show! It will transcend and transform you, not just to the depths of the sea, but to the depths of the inner beast.’ - London Pub Theatres  -  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 4.5 stars

‘It's certainly a timely and relevant work in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, and although unsettling, it's laced with a strong undercurrent of black humour...This is an intense and disquieting play that cleverly takes us in a series of unexpected directions.’ - Broadway World - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

Theatre, Films and Art Reviews⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

            Within Her Words -  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars


Starring Eleanor Hill and Nicholas Anscombe

Written and Directed by Jonathon Crewe

Produced by Wan Yuan Teo

Sound Design by George Pallister


Running time: 90 mins with an interval

Suitable for ages: 16+

Warnings: Adult themes, swearing, disturbing scenes


ticket information

March 15 - April 2nd 2022 @ 7.30pm

Tuesday & Thursday - £16.50 (£14.50 concession)

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - £18 (£16 concessions)

Saturday 19th March (Gala Performance £25 ( £20 concessions)

Gala night includes a drink and an after show mingle with cast and crew

Join a post-show mingle with cast and crew and enjoy a free glass of bubbly and an Under the Radar themed shot

Buy 4 or more tickets are recieve £1 off each ticket - use code GROUPUNDER

School, College and University discount packages available - please write to undertheradarplay@gmail.com


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