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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)

Anna Doolan (The Hour, Mighty Atoms, Bluebird)


Kathryn O’Reilly: Winner of Best Performance Award at this year’s Birmingham Fest for Skin in the Game previously at the Old Red Lion Theatre. 


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



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



Funded by Richard Carne Trust

Supported by Clean Break



Suitable for ages: 14+

Trigger warnings: Features strong language and scenes of an upsetting nature

Running time: 75 minutes approx. (no interval)



Post Show events - dates to be announced 

Expert panel discussion on childhood trauma and drug addiction.

Music and poetry by Kathryn and invited guests

Q&A with cast and director 



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

tickets £15.50 (£12.50 concessions)
previews tuesday 5th & wednesday 6th £10

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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