Carla Kingham Productions in association with Theatre503 present

Isaac Came Home From The Mountain

Written by Phil Ormrod
Directed by Carla Kingham
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£12 Conc. / £17 Adult Adv. / £18 On Door / ‘Pay What You Can’ Saturday Matinees

5 x £5 and 10 x £10 tickets available for each evening performance.

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RUNNING TIME: 70mins (no interval)

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains strong language, simulated violence and several scenes in which the cast smoke (herbal cigarettes).

“That fire – I know you feel it. If you wanted, you could take everything…”

Bobby’s out of school and out of work. There’s nothing going and nowhere to go. A job with Mike seems like everything he needs. A steady wage. A bit of self-respect. A chance to make good. If only it were that easy.

Driven by a dogged determination to prove his worth, Bobby makes a devastating mistake and risks throwing away his new life before it’s begun.

Longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize, Carla Kingham directs the World Premiere of Phil Ormrod’s searing new play about searching for a future in the dying heart of England.


Tailored Performances

With a more relaxed view of Front of House etiquette, these performances are tailored to be sensitive to and celebrating of a diverse range of audiences. House lights are left on, our auditorium door is left open, and technical changes may be made where necessary to the production’s sound and lighting. Everyone is welcome.

16 May, 19:30: Chilled (‘Relaxed’) Performance (Standard Pricing applies)
For anyone who finds it difficult to sit and enjoy live performance in a standard theatre environment. Please note that Theatre503 is currently accessible by stairs only. Please contact if you require further access information.

23 May, 12:00: Parent & Baby (£10)
A chance for mums and dads to break away from the newborn baby routine and do something grown-up; without the need to hire a babysitter!

30 May, 15:00: Chilled (‘Relaxed’) Matinee (£10)

Phil Ormrod

Phil Ormrod is a playwright and screenwriter. He originally trained as a director, spending a year at Northern Stage on an RTYDS bursary, and was co-director of Switchback. Previous writing includes 'Lies About My Father' (ARC Stockton, New Diorama), 'Homelands' (Bolton Octagon) and 'Mary Whitehouse Looks Down from Wherever' (Camden People’s Theatre). He is currently developing an original series with Kudos.


Tuesday 29 May Tue 29 May 19:30 Book Now
Wednesday 30 May Wed 30 May 15:00 Book Now
Wednesday 30 May Wed 30 May 19:30 Book Now
Thursday 31 May Thu 31 May 19:30 Book Now
Friday 1 June Fri 1 Jun 19:30 Book Now
Saturday 2 June Sat 2 Jun 15:00 Book Now
Saturday 2 June Sat 2 Jun 19:30 Book Now
Artistic Team
Phil Ormrod
Carla Kingham
Set and Costume Desgiern
Eleanor Bull
Lighting Designer
Ali Hunter
Sound Designer
Benjamin Grant
Movement Director
Nancy Kettle
Fight Choreographer
Mark Conway
Carla Kingham Productions
Hannah Tookey
Assistant Producer
Maya Ellis
Stage Manager
Rachael Murray
Charles Furness
Kenny Fullwood
Ian Burfield
Guy Porritt
Exeunt Magazine
Posted on 17 May 2018

A man’s world: Phil Ormrod’s four-handed drama explores father-son relationships and male violence.

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Mind the Blog ★★★★
Posted on 16 May 2018

I honestly believe this show has the chance to bring a lot of young, forgotten men back from the brink.

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Posted on 16 May 2018

By taking it seriously, reining its wildness in, he lands serious social points as tersely as Ken Loach.

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Posted on 15 May 2018

Carla Kingham’s production has a grungy, kinetic energy and scenes move at a clip.

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The Spy in the Stalls ★★★★
Posted on 15 May 2018

A powerful perception of virulent masculinity in a desolate society.

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London City Nights ★★★★
Posted on 15 May 2018

The play is fat-free at just over an hour long and has a strong sense of purpose and momentum.

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Audience Reviews
I am often left wondering why so much real, honest, passionate theatre, existing in close up, at a personal level fails to be realised in typical WestEnd productions! Yet such realism, often bleak sometimes funny, is experienced in production after production at theatres such as 503.
The set, on a budget and with limited space, ingeniously creates the scene. The small theatre leaves no room to hide. The acting is in your face. The emotion is real. I urge WestEnd producers to be [as] brave and honest as 503 has in Isaac Came Home From The Mountain.
An amazing amount of action on a small stage in this gritty young man's story

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