Playmill 18 at the King's Head Theatre

Friday 11 May 2018

Festivals - London Fringe - Seasons

35 brand new shows from the UK's most exciting emerging companies are set to hit the stage at the King's Head Theatre this July in Playmill, a three-week, curated season featuring drama, comedy, storytelling and musical theatre.
Playmill 18 at the King's Head Theatre

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Playmill is a three-week, curated season featuring drama, comedy, storytelling and musical theatre, comprising 35 brand new shows from emerging companies.

The festival will be at the King's Head from Monday 2 July to Saturday 21 July 2018, with tickets priced at £10 (headline shows at £12 - applies to Life by the Throat, UMUADA and A Womb of One's Own only).

Featuring world premieres alongside transfers from the UK's biggest arts festivals, Playmill builds upon the success of last year's festival of new work which featured 20 companies and was attended by over 2,000 people across 13 days.

Highlights from this year's festival include Life by the Throat by Eve Steele, a witty, touching and remarkable one-woman show depicting the life of Jamie Joseph Patrick Keogh, inspired by interviews with men who have been through the criminal justice system.

Plus recent graduates from the King's Head Theatre's Trainee Resident Director's scheme; Siobhan James-Elliott directs Mermaids, a dark comedy about Lia, a working class trans woman; and Catherine Expósito writes and directs Immaculate Correction, a brand new piece exploring sex education in working class Catholic Scotland.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King's Head Theatre, says:

"Playmill is a vital part of our programme, which reflects and embodies our commitment to championing new writing.

We believe passionately in the importance of providing a platform for artists to cut their teeth and perform within a professional context.

I can't wait for audiences to see the unapologetic collision of genres in our biggest and best festival yet."


A State of Mind - July 14th - 15th | Saturday - Sunday, 6.30pm

A Womb of One's Own - July 17th - 21st | Tuesday - Saturday, 8pm

An Abundance of Time - July 18th | Sunday, 8pm

Anna Morris - July 6th | Friday, 9.30pm

Damaged Goods - July 16th - 18th | Monday - Wednesday, 6.30pm

Dangerous Giant Animals - July 14th | Saturday, 2pm

Did It Hurt? - July 14th | Saturday, 3.30pm

Egg - July 14th | Saturday, 9.30pm

Exit Number - 8 July 2nd - 8th | Monday & Sunday (only), 9.30pm

Fake News - July 7th - 8th | Saturday - Sunday, 6.30pm

F*ckboys - July 9th | Monday, 8pm

Glitterball - July 13th | Friday, 9.30pm

Hi I'm David - July 14th - 15th | Saturday - Sunday, 5pm

Immaculate Correction - July 9th - 12th | Monday - Friday, 6.30pm

Isadora: I Dance What I Am - July 15th | Sunday, 3.30pm

Just These, Please - July 7th | Saturday, 9.30pm

Lemonade - July 7th | Monday, 8pm

Life by the Throat - July 3rd - 7th | Tuesday - Saturday, 8pm

Louder & Louder - July 7th | Saturday, 5pm

Mary's Babies - July 9th - 10th | Monday - Tuesday, 9.30pm

Mermaids - July 2th - 6th | Monday - Friday, 6.30pm

Old Joe's Fish and Chill - July 7th - 8th | Saturday - Sunday, 3.30pm

Other People's Teeth - July 15th | Sunday, 8pm

Ouroboros - July 7th - 8th | Saturday - Sunday, 2pm

Splinter - July 21st | Saturday, 2pm

The Cat's Mother - July 16th - 17th | Monday - Tuesday, 9.30pm

The God of Many Arts - July 8th | Sunday, 8pm

The Pink Triangle - July 21st | Saturday, 5pm

Timmy - July 11th - 12th | Wednesday - Thursday, 9.30pm

Two Little Women and a Stage - July 16th | Monday, 8pm

Umuada - July 10st - 14th| Tuesday - Saturday, 8pm

Unrelated - July 3rd - 5th | Tuesday - Thursday, 9.30pm

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