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KOR Productions & Anna Doolan in association with Rua Arts presents 

poisoned polluted

By kathryn o'reilly

Directed by Lucy Allan 


“I have to fight back. But I can’t fight back. It’s so strong, the feeling is so strong. I can’t breathe and there’s a tapping a light tapping that’s when I wake. I wake up.”


Two sisters struggle to survive in the wake of a toxic childhood, bound by the legacy of what has been before. Each must find a way to build a life out of chaos. But what happens when the ties that bind become the thing that holds you back?

Inextricably linked by blood, all they have is each other.



Kathryn O'Reilly's second play published by Nick Hern Books is a stark, bold, powerful and poetic drama looking at the effects on adult life of childhood trauma and the cycles of drug abuse. The production is directed by Lucy Allan. 



Kathryn O'Reilly (Call The Midwife, Our Country's Good, Skin in the Game, Winner of Best Performance Award at this year’s Birmingham Fest for Skin in the Game previously at the Old Red Lion Theatre)

Anna Doolan (The Hour, Mighty Atoms, Bluebird)


Creative Team

Director Lucy Allan (Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea, Melody, Can't Stand Up For Falling Down)

Movement Director Sophie Shaw

Set & Costume Designer Mayou Trikerioti

Lighting designer Benny Goodman

Sound Designer & Composer Nicola Chang

Design Assistant Francesca Jones

Stage Manager Hester Blindell

Technician Ryan Perry

Press & Publicity Chloe Nelkin Consultancy

Playtext Nick Hern Books

Photography Robert Workman & Nick Rutter

Graphic Design Nick Thompson



Kathryn's debut play Screwed at Theatre503:

"O'Reilly has a great ear for the scrappy rhythm of everyday speech. Sharply observed and brusingly funny" Time Out

"Highly impressive, very authentic writing" London Theatre 1

"Screwed pulls no punches in the representation of its ladette lifestyle: it contains coarse language and is not for the faint hearted or easily offended" West End Wilma

"Kathryn has written such a hard hitting, not only in your face but in your ears blast of a play" Wandsworth Radio 


★★★★ London Pub Theatres

★★★★ Everything Theatre 

★★★★ London Theatre 1

★★★★ The Reviews Hub

★★★★ Live Theatre UK



Funding received from The Carne Trust

Supported by Clean Break



Suitable for ages: 14+

Trigger warnings:  This play contains references to child sexual abuse, sexual assault and drug overdose. These themes are described but not depicted. There are depictions of the consequences of drug misuse and addiction.

Running time: 75 minutes approx. (no interval)


Tuesday 5th - Saturday 30th November 2019
Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday matinees 3.00pm


Post Show Events

Panel Discussion | Saturday 16th November 

Expert panel discussion on childhood trauma and drug addiction with Dr Barry Wright, Dr Sally Marlow and Noel McDermott 

Cast & Creative Team Q&A | Friday 22 November | 





tickets £15.50 (£12.50 concessions)


For further ticket information please click here or call 0333 012 4963 for all booking enquiries. 


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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