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Theatre503 and Bethany Cooper Productions present

503Live: Tapped

Written by Katie Redford
Directed by Piers Black
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A garage. A flipchart. A pile of Club biscuits. T-shirts that don’t fit. And 3 people who are really stuck.

Tapped is a heart-warming comedy that explores the importance of connection, fulfilment and (lack of) hope. In Stapleford aka Stabbo, we meet Gavi, Jen and Dawn at an amateur self-help group who all share one commonality; they’re desperate for escapism.

Gavi wants to inspire his community. Which is tricky when everyone would prefer to just stay at home and watch Bake Off. Adamant to succeed, he starts hosting motivational meetings from his garage for his fellow Co-op colleagues. With the help of daily mantras, goal setting and repeatedly listening to Spandau Ballet, he believes he can change their lives for the better. However, when the only two attendees are bickering mother and daughter Dawn and Jen, it’s not quite the enlightening experience they all thought it would be. Dawn wants more from life, Jen wants a brand new life and Gavi just wants Jen in his life; but there’s only so much ‘positive visualisation’ they can all do before simply facing up to the painful reality of what’s really going on.

Tapped is a witty and sensitive portrayal of managing mental health within a family, highlighting the barriers we put up in order to put on a brave face, whilst having those all-important lightbulb moments, like realising Aldi really does sell everything.

Piers Black (Ransack Theatre, Catching Comets) directs the premiere of Katie Redford’s hilarious and honest debut play about eating too many biscuits, missed opportunities, big dreams in small places and how the idea of change is far easier said than done.. Presented by Theatre503 and Bethany Cooper Productions.

This production is supported by Arts Council England, Cameron Grants Memorial Trust, The Gane Trust, Unity Theatre Trust and the Wildcard Foundation. 

Age guidance: 14+

Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (no interval)

If you purchase a ticket, you will receive the link to watch this recording by the morning of Tuesday 26th April. Please do not contact the box office regarding the link until then. The link will be available to watch from 7:30pm on 26th April and for 1 month following this – however, you can only purchase a ticket up until 6:30pm on 26th April.

Katie Redford

dford is a writer & performer from Nottingham. She won BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy in 2019 and is a BBC Comedy Writersroom alumni. YELLOW LIPS, her debut drama for BBC Radio 4, which she played the lead in, was broadcast in Spring 2021, and she has various TV scripts in commissioned development. She also co-wrote, performed in and produced award winning short film GHOSTED, starring Alison Steadman. TAPPED is her debut play for stage.


Artistic Team
Katie Redford
Piers Black
Movement Director
Kloe Dean
Ceci Calf
Lighting Designer
Lucía Sánchez Roldán
Sound Designer
Conrad Kira
Production Sound Engineer
Wilkie Morrison
Casting Director
Amy Jane Blair
Stage Manager
Laura Whittle
Production Manager
Zara Janmohamed
Bethany Cooper
Assistant Producer
Hadeel Elshak
Placement Assistant Director
Tom Brain
Max Hastings
Jennifer Daley
Olivia Sweeney

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