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Theatre503 and Amy Mann present

I Can’t Hear You

Written by Natasha Brotherdale Smith
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Lights flash, music thuds in our chests. Ash and Lucy dance. It’s chaotic, it’s free. A bottle smashes at their feet. Was it thrown? The music stops, they’re flung apart. They leave the glass shattered on the dance floor, unaware of the new formed crack fracturing the foundations of their relationship.

I Can’t Hear You (longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2021) by Natasha Brotherdale Smith is a queer, female led two hander, a vital play that’s unique in both it’s storytelling and content.

This is a thrillingly fast paced piece of new writing, a love story at it’s core, with a lot to say about the reality of being a queer female today. Told in three intersecting timeframes, it’s a heart wrenchingly nuanced exploration of the fear of being honest with yourself, secrets too large to vocalise and the shattering effects of hate crime. This play is a call to change.

We are a female, queer and majority Northern led creative team working together to give urgent and often underrepresented stories the platform they deserve on the London and national stage, with particular focus on regional touring.

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.

Natasha Brotherdale Smith

Natasha is a Northern, queer playwright based in North London.
Butterflies (VAULT Festival, Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe) was her highly acclaimed debut and will tour secondary schools this year. ‘I Can’t Hear You’ was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2021. Natasha has recently been shortlisted for the Channel 4, 4Stories Scheme.


Artistic Team
Natasha Brotherdale Smith
Jessica Millward
Amy Mann
Movement Director
Zöe Grain
Sound Designer
Kristina Kapilin
Technical Stage Manager and Lighting Designer
Eliott Sheppard
Zoë Birkbeck
Lydia Cashman

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