Michelle Barnette presents

Brutal Cessation

Written by Milly Thomas
Directed by Bethany Pitts
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A relationship. A relationship rotting. Purgatory.

Is having no reason to stay a reason to leave? At what point does the abuser become the abused? And why aren’t we more afraid of women?

Two actors, one couple, swapping roles.

Brutal Cessation comes to Theatre503 following its critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A savage new play by Milly Thomas exploring violence in relationships, our expectations of gender and what happens when we’re no longer in love but refuse to let go – come find out why critics have been watching the show through their fingers.

This show contains graphic content and adult language.

Milly Thomas

Milly Thomas is a London-based writer and actor. Acting credits include Dust (Edinburgh Fringe); Quacks (BBC2); Cargo (The Arcola Theatre); Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre); Downton Abbey (ITV). Writing credits include: A First World Problem (Theatre503); Piggies (commission by Royal Central School and Speech and Drama); Clickbait (Theatre503); Brutal Cessation (Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre503); and Dust (Edinburgh Fringe - Stage Edinburgh Award Winner 2017, Soho Theatre 2018). Milly is a member of the Young Writers’ Lab 2015 (Soho Theatre) Writer’s Lab Alumni 2017 & 2018 (Soho Theatre), Headstart (Headlong Theatre Company and Blacklisted Films), among others, and is currently on HighTide's First Commission's scheme. Milly has an original TV project in development with Company Pictures and has written episodes of 'River City' for BBC Scotland and 'Clique' for BBC3.


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Artistic Team
Milly Thomas
Bethany Pitts
Sound Designer
Jon McLeod
Design Consultant
Georgia de Grey
Michelle Barnette
Alan Mahon
Lydia Larson
★★★★ - The Stage
Posted on 3 October 2017

Something’s rotten inside The Box and it’s not the watermelon that lurks ominously next to a plastic sheet in Milly Thomas’ tense two-hander. It presents us with a toxic relationship between two unnamed characters played by Alan Mahon and Lydia Larson in which things aren’t just domestically stale.

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Audience Reviews
Vicious, sad and excellently acted
The Stage
a dark, thrilling drama
Three Weeks
This play will keep you gripped and attentive throughout
Broadway Baby
Lydia Larson and Alan Mahon are excellent

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