Bad Nights and Odd Days at Greenwich Theatre

London theatre news: Monday 14 June 2021

Drama - Off-West End

Greenwich Theatre adds fourth production by Caryl Churchill to the season of short plays, 'Bad Nights and Odd Days'.
Bad Nights and Odd Days at Greenwich Theatre

Image courtesy Greenwich Theatre

Bad Nights and Odd Days will play at Greenwich Theatre from 23 June to 10 July.

The season of short plays by acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill was originally going to consist of three works, but the venue has now added a fourth production - Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen - to the line-up.

The other plays are: Abortive, Seagulls, and Three More Sleepless Nights.

The season will be led by Paul McGann (Withnail and I; Doctor Who), and will also showcase the talents of Kerrie Taylor (The Bay; Where The Heart Is), Bonnie Baddoo, Dan Gaisford, Gracy Goldman and Verna Vyas.

The company will multi-role across the four productions under the direction of Artistic Director James Haddrell.

Bad Nights and Odd Days will explore the darker side of Caryl Churchill's work, with life-shattering events, a carousel of shifting relationships and the presence of psychic phenomena.

James Haddrell said ...

"In consultation with Caryl Churchill we are delighted to have added a fourth play to the line-up for Bad Nights and Odd Days.

With a cast led by Paul McGann and Kerrie Taylor, the programme now includes a special new production of Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen, a frighteningly prescient view of the future in which even the air we breathe has become a commodity."

Show listing information


Celebrating 50 years since Caryl Churchill's short play Abortive was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Greenwich Theatre transfers the play to the stage alongside rare revivals of one-act plays Seagulls (1978), Three More Sleepless Nights (1980) and Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen (1971).

Best known for major works from the iconic Top Girls to the more recent A Number and Drunk Enough To Say I Love You, Churchill's work spans the personal and the political, the local and global.

For this intimate collection, Abortive is about a married couple reeling in the aftermath of a shocking event; Three More Sleepless Nights is about the arguments that we all know so well, where we speak too much or don't speak at all; set in a dystopian future, Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen follows a couple as they hide from violence and pollution outside; and in Seagulls, by far the most personal to Churchill, a telekinetic's loss of power offers a powerful allegory about losing the ability to write.

Uniting all four plays is the razor-sharp, unforgettable writing that has made Caryl Churchill one of this country's most important playwrights.


Bonnie Baddoo

Dan Gaisford

Gracy Goldman

Paul Mcgann

Kerrie Taylor

Verna Vyas


Author: Caryl Churchill
Director: James Haddrell
Production: Greenwich Theatre


Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill
SE10 8ES


From: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Closed: Saturday 10 July 2021


Standard: £26

Concessions: £21


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