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Untamed Productions and Theatre503 present


Written by Poppy Abbott
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Hangxiety, The Fear, Sunday Scaries – all the while handling the patriarchal pressures of being 30 and single. A story of friendship, fuck ups and female power: join Tilly and JJ as they simultaneously screw the system and their livers.

Tilly and JJ have different approaches to dealing with turning 30 and finding themselves single. Tilly feels left behind from the rest of her peers, whilst JJ enjoys the freedom of being alone. However, they have one thing in common – they both love to drink.

The play explores how the girls cope with dating as Millenials, pressures of fertility, societal expectations of femininity – and their exquisite ability to both get completely blackout drunk. Everyone does it, right? So what’s the problem?

But what happens when something terrible happens during a blackout night that neither of them can remember?

Untamed is a community devoted to empowering creatives. From producing female centred theatre to connecting local artists through workshops and scratch nights: we champion the voices of undertold stories and creatives.

Previous productions range from an online adaptation of April de Angelis’ MRS NOAH FIGHTS BACK to new writing by Karen Lockyer, THE VISITOR (The Hen and Chickens Theatre, Canal Cafe Theatre).

Blackout is a piece of collaborative theatre: created from Poppy Abbott’s script by the cast (Poppy and Emma) with support from the third member of Untamed, Lauren Alexandra.

Running time: 60 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 16+

There are six £6 tickets on offer for every performance.

This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view content information here.

Poppy Abbott

Blackout is Poppy’s debut play, which opens at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham in November. She is committed to writing female centred stories focusing on empowerment and the boundaries of consent. Her writing is informed by the lives of the women she meets and the stories they tell, giving voice to the pressures of women’s everyday lives. Poppy has adapted Blackout into a short screenplay, which is being filmed in Birmingham with the support of Pretty Hate Productions.


Artistic Team
Poppy Abbott
Gabriella Sills
Poppy Abbott
Emma Hodgkinson
Stuart Ash

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