Mouthpiece - Soho Theatre

Sunday 10 February 2019

Off-West End - Shows

Following a sold out, critically-acclaimed run at the Traverse Theatre in 2018, Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley is bringing 'Mouthpiece' to Soho Theatre from 2 April to 4 May 2019.
Mouthpiece at Soho Theatre

Image by Stewart Armstrong

Following a sold out, critically-acclaimed run at the Traverse Theatre in 2018, Kieran Hurley's Mouthpiece is now destined for Soho Theatre from 2 April to 4 May 2019.

The production, directed by former Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin, sees Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who, BBC; The Replacement, BBC) and Lorn Macdonald (Outlander, Starz!; Trainspotting, Citizen's Theatre) reprise their roles.

A frank, funny and unflinching look at the polarities of social inequality in a city, Mouthpiece asks when does the portrayal of poverty become poverty porn?

Writer Kieran Hurley commented ...

"The inspiration for Mouthpiece was a growing frustration and anger at how we, in the arts, exclude certain voices and experiences.

I heard a (possibly untrue) story about a successful writer being interrupted at a Q&A by someone from their past, and it got me thinking about who we allow to speak, about consent, and about the violence of being reliant on someone else to tell your story for you.

The economic divide and sort of class apartheid in the play exists everywhere in our society and has been entrenched ever more deeply by a decade of austerity.

It's as relevant to London as it is to Edinburgh."


Kieran Hurley's shocking and unexpectedly humorous new play is a story of an unlikely friendship.

Salisbury Crags. Twilight.

A woman takes a step forward into the air.

A teenage boy pulls her back.

Two lives are changed forever.

Libby whiles away her days in New Town cafes and still calls herself a writer.

Declan is a talented young artist struggling with a volatile home.

As they form an uneasy friendship, complicated by class and culture, Libby spots an opportunity to put herself back on track, and really make a difference.

Mouthpiece takes a frank and unflinching look at two different sides of a city that exist in ignorance of one another, and asks whether it's possible to tell someone else's story without exploiting them along the way.


Lorn Macdonald

Neve McIntosh


Author: Kieran Hurley
Composer: Kim Moore
Designer: Kai Fischer
Costume designer: Sophie Ferguson
Lighting: Kai Fischer
Sound: Kim Moore
Production: Traverse Theatre Company production in association with HighTide


Soho Theatre - Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street


From: Tuesday 2 April 2019

Closed: Saturday 4 May 2019


Standard: From £10


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