A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE UK PREMIERE

THE BREACH

By Naomi Wallace
Directed by Sarah Frankcom

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including an interval

They won’t even know we won this game. Only you and I will know that we Topped Their Love.

Main Stage

6 - 28 May 2022

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

Details

★★★★ ‘Wallace’s excellent, riveting play is an absorbing story of love, lust and loyalty.’ The Telegraph 
★★★★  ‘A poetic and deeply tender look at love, family, and friendship, masterfully directed.’ The Stage
‘The cast is excellent’ WhatsOnStage

'Strikingly poetic and artful' The Times


Love has no limits for the Diggs siblings: there’s nothing that 17-year-old Jude won’t do to keep her younger brother Acton safe. Growing up in the turbulence of 1970s America, Jude works nights and weekends to pay the bills, just so that they can stay together and with their mother. But when Acton’s troublesome pals form a club in their basement, a foolish game threatens to upend Jude's plans, and derail their lives forever. How far will Jude go to protect her brother? And who will pay the eventual price of her doing so?

As trust and loyalty are put on the line, hindsight proves devastating in Naomi Wallace’s absorbing, coming-of-age drama The Breach, directed by Sarah Frankcom.

Naomi Wallace makes her Hampstead debut. A MacArthur Fellowship Recipient and Obie Award winner, Wallace’s previous credits include One Flea Spare (Bush Theatre), Slaughter City (Royal Shakespeare Company), Things of Dry Hours (Young Vic) and And I And Silence (Finborough Theatre). The Breach is Wallace’s first in a trilogy of plays about different communities in Kentucky.

Sarah Frankcom directs her first Hampstead production. As Artistic Director of Manchester Royal Exchange, some of her work included West Side Story, Light Falls and Our Town and, in collaboration with Maxine Peake for Manchester International Festival, The Nico Project and The Skriker.

The cast includes Charlie Beck (Masters Of The Air, Apple TV); Jasmine Blackborow (Shadow and Bone, Netflix); Alfie Jones (Teenage Dick, Donmar Warehouse); Tom Lewis (Gentleman Jack, BBC); Douggie McMeekin (Bach & Sons, Bridge Theatre); Stanley Morgan (The Sandman, Netflix) and Shannon Tarbet (Killing Eve, BBC).

Our promise to you

In the event of The Breach being postponed, you can choose between a full refund or credit to be used for any show at Hampstead.

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to open The Breach following Government advice. As always, our audience, company and staff are our top priority. For more information about how we’re keeping you safe, please click here.


Due to content within the play, our audience recommendation for The Breach is 15+.

We present entertaining and original theatre, and we want you to have the best experience possible. We understand that, as part of this, some audience members may appreciate additional guidance on the content of our plays. Click here for more information.

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Reviews
  • The Telegraph

    'Naomi Wallace’s new play at the Hampstead, about life in 70s and 90s Kentucky, leavens its shocking central event with wit and politics'

    'Wallace has said that The Breach... is closer to her youth than any of her 18 plays to date, and her text brilliantly captures the intensity and wrong-headed wildness of adolescence.'

    'The question of consent at the heart of the play is complicated by how its protagonist (played by Shannon Tarbet in the 1977 scenes and Jasmine Blackborow in 1991) has compromised her burgeoning sexuality to protect her family.'

    'This might sound like a bleak night at the theatre, but it’s leavened by plenty of humour in Wallace’s excellent text. The Breach also sharply indicts Big Pharma, whose heartless face is perfectly captured by Tom Lewis as Hoke, in denial of the role that his family business – peddling anti-depressants and date-rape drugs – plays in the lives of ordinary Americans. And when there’s movement on designer Naomi Dawson’s minimalist raked concrete slab of a set... it has visceral meaning and punch'

    'The Breach is an absorbing story of love, lust and loyalty.'

    Click here to reach the full review.

    The Breach: a dark descent into the wild adolescents of blue-collar 70s America
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  • The Stage

    'Wallace’s text incisively touches on class and politics; simultaneously it’s a poetic and deeply tender look at love, family, and friendship.'

    'Sarah Frankcom’s direction is masterful'

    'The action unfurls against Naomi Dawson’s imposing, brutalist set... the playing space is vast and exposed. The characters, especially the young 1977 versions, appear small, almost vulnerable within it. It fits the mood of the play; they’re lost amid something much bigger than themselves. Rick Fisher’s lighting design slots in seamlessly, working especially well when subtle changes in focus transport us to another time.'

    'The cast is strong all round'

    'The Breach is a fascinating and impactful exploration of class and consent, and an unflinching comment on how powerful social pressures can alter young lives forever.'

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Cast

Artistic team

WRITER

NAOMI WALLACE

DIRECTOR

SARAH FRANKCOM

DESIGNER

NAOMI DAWSON

LIGHTING

RICK FISHER

SOUND

TINGYING DONG

MOVEMENT

JENNIFER JACKSON

VOICE

MICHAELA KENNEN

PROJECTION CONTENT

TIMOTHY KELLY

CASTING

NADINE RENNIE CDG

ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER

ROB HALLIDAY

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

TRAMAINE REINDORF

Cast

Tickets

Previews, Mondays and matinees
Full Price: £10/£12/£18/£27/£30
Under 30s/Students: £10/£15
Seniors*: (matinees only): £20/£25
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £16

*Ages 60+

Tuesday – Saturday evenings
Full price: £10/£18/£25/£32/£37
Under 30s/Students: £10/£15
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £16

All prices are subject to change. Book early for the best price.

Content Warnings

CONTENT WARNINGS - THE BREACH


Due to content within the play, our audience recommendation for The Breach is 15+.

The play contains strong language.

The play contains themes of rape, sexual assault and suicide.

Video and Image Gallery

STANLEY MORGAN Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGANPhoto by Johan Persson
JASMINE BLACKBOROW & DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN Photo by Johan Persson JASMINE BLACKBOROW & DOUGGIE MCMEEKINPhoto by Johan Persson
STANLEY MORGAN & TOM LEWIS Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGAN & TOM LEWISPhoto by Johan Persson
NAOMI WALLACE, SARAH FRANKCOM AND TEAM IN REHEARSALS Photo by Johan Persson NAOMI WALLACE, SARAH FRANKCOM AND TEAM IN REHEARSALSPhoto by Johan Persson
CHARLIE BECK & SHANNON TARBET Photo by Johan Persson CHARLIE BECK & SHANNON TARBETPhoto by Johan Persson
ALFIE JONES, CHARLIE BECK & STANLEY MORGAN Photo by Johan Persson ALFIE JONES, CHARLIE BECK & STANLEY MORGANPhoto by Johan Persson
TOM LEWIS Photo by Johan Persson TOM LEWISPhoto by Johan Persson
SARAH FRANKCOM & NAOMI WALLACE Photo by Johan Persson SARAH FRANKCOM & NAOMI WALLACEPhoto by Johan Persson
JASMINE BLACKBOROW, TOM LEWIS & STANLEY MORGAN JASMINE BLACKBOROW, TOM LEWIS & STANLEY MORGAN
ALFIE JONES & SHANNON TARBET Photo by Johan Persson ALFIE JONES & SHANNON TARBETPhoto by Johan Persson
CHARLIE BECK Photo by Johan Persson CHARLIE BECKPhoto by Johan Persson
JASMINE BLACKBOROW, DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, STANLEY MORGAN & TOM LEWIS Photo by Johan Persson JASMINE BLACKBOROW, DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, STANLEY MORGAN & TOM LEWISPhoto by Johan Persson
SHANNON TARBET Photo by Johan Persson SHANNON TARBETPhoto by Johan Persson
DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN Photo by Johan Persson DOUGGIE MCMEEKINPhoto by Johan Persson
NAOMI WALLACE Photo by Johan Persson NAOMI WALLACEPhoto by Johan Persson
JASMINE BLACKBOROW Photo by Johan Persson JASMINE BLACKBOROWPhoto by Johan Persson
STANLEY MORGAN, DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, SHANNON TARBET & JASMINE BLACKBOROW Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGAN, DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, SHANNON TARBET & JASMINE BLACKBOROWPhoto by Johan Persson
STANLEY MORGAN, JASMINE BLACKBOROW, SHANNON TARBET, DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN TOM LEWIS Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGAN, JASMINE BLACKBOROW, SHANNON TARBET, DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN TOM LEWISPhoto by Johan Persson
STANLEY MORGAN & SHANNON TARBET Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGAN & SHANNON TARBETPhoto by Johan Persson
SHANNON TARBET & STANLEY MORGAN Photo by Johan Persson SHANNON TARBET & STANLEY MORGANPhoto by Johan Persson
STANLEY MORGAN, SHANNON TARBET, ALFIE JONES & CHARLIE BECK Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGAN, SHANNON TARBET, ALFIE JONES & CHARLIE BECKPhoto by Johan Persson
ALFIE JONES Photo by Johan Persson ALFIE JONESPhoto by Johan Persson
JASMINE BLACKBOROW Photo by Johan Persson JASMINE BLACKBOROWPhoto by Johan Persson
STANLEY MORGAN Photo by Johan Persson STANLEY MORGANPhoto by Johan Persson
DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN & TOM LEWIS Photo by Johan Persson DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN & TOM LEWISPhoto by Johan Persson
CHARLIE BECK, ALFIE JONES & STANLEY MORGAN Photo by Johan Persson CHARLIE BECK, ALFIE JONES & STANLEY MORGANPhoto by Johan Persson
DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, TOM LEWIS & JASMINE BLACKBOROW Photo by Johan Persson DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, TOM LEWIS & JASMINE BLACKBOROWPhoto by Johan Persson
DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, JASMINE BLACKBOROW & TOM LEWIS Photo by Johan Persson DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN, JASMINE BLACKBOROW & TOM LEWISPhoto by Johan Persson
SHANNON TARBET Photo by Johan Persson SHANNON TARBETPhoto by Johan Persson
SHANNON TARBET & ALFIE JONES Photo by Johan Persson SHANNON TARBET & ALFIE JONESPhoto by Johan Persson

KEEPING YOU SAFE AT HAMPSTEAD

1 Social Distanced 1

RESPECT PERSONAL SPACE

2 MASKS REQUIRED 1

FACE MASKS ENCOURAGED

4 STATE OF THE ART VENTILATION 1

STATE OF THE ART VENTILATION

5 ENHANCED CLEANING 1

ENHANCED CLEANING

7 CONTACTLESS TICKETS 1

CONTACTLESS TICKETS

8 HAND SANITIZING STATIONS 2

HAND SANITISING STATIONS

9 CASHLESS PAYMENT 1

CASHLESS PAYMENT