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'Daughters are the unsolved riddles of our unlived lives'


Three siblings. A kitchen. A box of cassette tapes left by their mother. On them, titles for every chapter of her life.

Together, the siblings engage in a ritual game of make-believe. As they uncover the reality behind their mother's veneer, an absurd and dystopian world emerges where kitchen appliances become people – the perfect dysfunctional family resurrected.

Will they get out of the kitchen, or is it too much too late?

A form-pushing new play by Nadia Cavelle, Subject Mater is a loosely autobiographical and daringly imaginative journey into the mother/child relationship and what it takes to break free.


Subject Mater is written by Nadia Cavelle (Bruises, Lascivious Grace) and directed by Oliver Dawe (Frau Welt, Pink Confetti). It stars Cavelle herself (Tartuffe, Beautiful Damned), Zachary Fall (Poldark, Versailles) and Lorna Nickson Brown (The Bookshop, Of Mice and Men).



Woven Voices seeks to create and develop compelling content for screen and stage. Its credits include short films Lascivious Grace (Underwire Festival 2017, BIFF 2018 & BFI Flare 2018), Girls Don’t Cry and Talking Traffic (WIFF 2016 & Rencontres du Court 2017) as well as critically acclaimed new play Bruises. The company is interested in exploring subjects including multiculturalism, identity, feminism, gender and sexuality.



OLDER SISTER          Nadia Cavelle

YOUNG SISTER         Lorna Nickson Brown

BROTHER                 Zachary Fall



WRITER              Nadia Cavelle

DIRECTOR           Oliver Dawe


LIGHTING DESIGNER          Simeon Miller

COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER         Josh Spear                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Running time: 60 minutes



Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 7.00pm

Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th July 2019 at 9.30pm

Saturday 20th July at 3.00pm


TICKETS £14 (£12 concessions)

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