Mites - Tristan Bates Theatre

London theatre news: Monday 2 September 2019

Off-West End - Shows

A bleakly comic, psychological thriller from James Mannion will get its world premiere at the Tristan Bates Theatre this October, directed by Marcus Marsh.
Mites at Tristan Bates Theatre

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The world premiere of the bleakly comic, psychological thriller Mites written by James Mannion (Hedgehogs & Porcupines, Old Red Lion) will be at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 7 to 26 October 2019.

This absurdist piece is a sinister exploration of the manipulation which can underpin relationships.

The production will star, as Ruth, Claire Marie Hall (The Grinning Man, West End; The Colours, Soho Theatre), Richard Henderson (Cursed, Netflix; Impact, Edinburgh Fringe) as Bartholomew and George Howard as Ken (Votes for Women, New Vic; The Comedy of Errors, UK tour).

Director Marcus Marsh commented ...

"I am really excited to maintain Blueleaf Theatre's ethos of developing new writing, working with emerging playwrights and creatives.

James has produced a ground-breaking script in Mites which tackles mental health head on and the absurdist style of the piece means it is something we are sure an audience will have never seen on stage before.

The play's exploration of the manipulation in relationships and the effect this has on an individual's mental health are issues both James and I feel are very important in today's society.

We hope this production widens the conversation and provokes discussion amongst audiences."

An allegorical interpretation of mental health based on personal experiences, Mites explores the emotional turmoil which accompanies descent into mental instability.

It creates a web of mistrust, intrigue and control using an absurdist narrative to mirror the disorientating panic, paranoia and helplessness.

It is a psychological thriller which centres on a worsening spiral of manipulation and gaslighting.

Mites is an eviscerating take on the predatory and the vulnerable, autonomy and delusion which pushes boundaries and throws probing questions up in the air.

Show listing information


Sometimes I wake up in the morning and all the missed opportunities of my life stare at me, grind me down until nothing.

Nothing but dust.

A new darkly comic, absurdist play by James Mannion, Mites is a sinister exploration of the manipulation that lies beneath relationships, in particular of those who are mentally vulnerable in society.

A lonely woman, abandoned by her husband, lives in an isolated house with her outspoken, anthropomorphic cat, Bartholomew.

One day she is visited by Ken, a Pest Controller, who claims to be her ex-husband returned to her.

Deceived by his lies and obsessed with memories of the past, the woman accepts Ken into her life, despite the sceptical protestations of Bartholomew.

As her self-deception grows and Ken's true intentions become clear, how will she survive the competitive machinations of her two male companions?

And is there more to Bartholomew than meets the eye?


Claire Marie Hall

Richard Henderson

George Howard


Author: James Mannion
Composer: Elliot Lampitt
Director: Marcus Marsh
Designer: Cecilia Trono
Lighting: Daniel Spreadborough
Production: Becky Lyle


Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower Street
Covent Garden


From: Monday 7 October 2019

Closed: Saturday 26 October 2019


Previews: £12

Standard: £18

Concessions: £15


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