The Noises - Old Red Lion Theatre

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Drama - Off-West End - Shows

Call the Midwife's Amy McAllister stars as Luna the dog in Bruntwood Prize longlisted play The Noises, written by Jacqueline Saphra and directed by Tamar Saphra - at The Old Red Lion Theatre from 2 to 20 April 2019.
The Noises at the Old Red Lion Theatre

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Told entirely from the perspective of a dog, The Noises is a visceral new play about fear, courage, the nature of violence and what we're prepared to do for the ones we love.

This new show, longlisted for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwrighting, will receive its world premiere at The Old Red Lion this April, starring Amy McAllister (Call the Midwife, Scorch).

The Noises is a mother and daughter collaboration between TS Eliot Award shortlisted poet and playwright Jacqueline Saphra and director-dramaturg Tamar Saphra, and is a poetic and sensory piece with sound design from Tom Parkinson (I'm A Phoenix, Bitch; Super Duper Close Up).

The sound is another character in the play, and the audience hear the world as Luna hears it.

About the playwright

Jacqueline Saphra is an award-winning poet, playwright, performer, teacher and editor.

The Noises marks her return to playwriting, where her writing career began with commissions from The Soho Poly and The Watford Palace Theatre and Theatre Centre among others.

Her illustrated sequence of prose poems If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women (Emma Press 2014) won Best Collaborative Work at the Saboteur Awards and her second full collection, All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2017.

Jacqueline Saphra said ...

"Long, long ago at a time when I didn't like dogs, my four kids convinced me we should get one.

We ended up with a traumatised rescue mutt I thought I would never be able to love.

How wrong I was.

As she and I got acquainted, I began to wonder what terrors the world holds for an animal like her - and how she might respond in a situation of extreme human crisis.

I wanted to examine the life of a family and the world outside from her point of view and see whether it might provide a mirror to our very human madness.

Tamar often jokes that we have been long-term collaborators since she was in utero.

Working on The Noises together seemed an obvious choice for us - we have a very natural, shared language which makes the creative process smooth and productive, and we're not afraid to challenge each other."


It's a warm April night and The Noises are everywhere.

Luna's only friend, Ellie, has gone out, but Ma has locked Luna in.

With only you for company she's getting restless, and the night is stretching out and changing shape.

Strange smells are drifting through the closed door.

Beyond the door, The Noises are getting faster and louder and Luna's beloved Ellie hasn't come home.

What does it mean to be brave? What does it mean to be good?

Confined here together in the dark, what else do we have but each other?


Amy McAllister


Author: Jacqueline Saphra
Director: Tamar Saphra
Designer: Georgia De Grey
Sound: Tom Parkinson
Movement: Louise Kempton
Production: Liam McLaughlin


Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street


From: Tuesday 2 April 2019

Closes: Saturday 20 April 2019


Standard: £16.50

Concessions: £14.50

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