HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS / CELIA ATKIN PRESENT
By MICHAEL JOHN O'NEILL
Directed by LUCY MORRISON
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes, no interval
We heal people. That’s what we do here. We are a kinship.
15 - 18 Mar 2023
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
★★★★ 'expert performances and excellent production values' PlaysToSee
'Molloy and Campbell are both excellent' WhatsOnStage
'Fascinating' Broadway World
'Mairead McKinley... excellent' The Times
'The intensity and ambiguity at play make for an interesting dynamic that is never short of drama' The Reviews Hub
'Brilliantly focused performances' The Stage
'Stunning, incredibly promising debut' All That Dazzles
Gill has returned home to the north coast of Northern Ireland determined to speak to her younger sister Kelly for the first time in three years. There she is shocked to discover that Kelly has become a devout member of a rapidly expanding Christian community called Harvest. As Gill struggles to reconcile this Kelly with the Kelly she has been keeping safe in her mind, a noise is gathering at their periphery that refuses to go unheard any longer.
Akedah is Michael John O’Neill’s first full-length play, and won the Bruntwood Prize Original New Voice Award in 2019.
Lucy Morrison returns to Hampstead after The Animal Kingdom. An Associate Director at the Royal Court, her credits include This Is Not Who I Am, Scenes with girls and The Woods (Royal Court) and Little on the Inside (Almeida).
Our promise to you
In the event of Akedah being postponed, you can choose between a full refund or credit to be used for any show at Hampstead.
As always, our audience, company and staff are our top priority. For more information about how we’re keeping you safe, please click here.
Please note that for performances of Akedah, latecomers will not be permitted to enter the auditorium and there will be no readmissions once the show has started. Please ensure you arrive on time.
An Audio Introduction is available for this production. This is a pre-recorded introduction describing the set, characters and costumes and includes an interview with the cast.
MICHAEL JOHN O'NEILL
'“Our autumn/winter season celebrates Hampstead’s cosmopolitan roots with a range of international playwrights from Scotland to the USA, Northern Ireland to France and some great homegrown talent in between.'
First five performances: All tickets £5
Performances thereafter: £20
Seniors*: £12 (matinee only)
Under 30s and Students: £10
Emergency Services/NHS Workers: £10
CONTENT WARNINGS - akedah
This production contains:
Strobe lighting, flashing lights and haze.
Strong language, including one use of a sectarian, anti-catholic slur.
Mild physical violence.
References to domestic abuse, child abuse, rape and death.
References to mental illness and treatment of mental illness.
Please note that our content warnings evolve as the production does throughout rehearsal and previews, so there may be changes made between booking and attending the theatre. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about specific themes or concerns, please call the Box Office on 020 7722 9301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org