Produced by Emily Carewe, 45North and Theatre503

MEAT

Written by Gillian Greer
Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson
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When Max pays Ronan a visit at his restaurant in Dublin, he’s determined to prove to her how far he’s come, but she’s got something bigger to discuss. Over the course of one wine-soaked evening, old wounds are exposed and new truths uncovered. MEAT is a story of class, consent and how modern Ireland reckons with the transgressions buried in its past. How can one couple navigate their shared history when their memories don’t quite match up?

Written by playwright and dramaturg Gillian Greer, MEAT was a finalist in Theatre503’s International Playwriting Award in 2018, reaching the top 5 of 2,055 plays submitted from 49 countries. Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson and produced by Emily Carewe, this production is presented as a co-production with 45North.

Age guidance 14+

Running time: 75 minutes, no interval

CONTENT WARNING

This production contains discussions of consent and rape, graphic descriptions of sexual assault, and content relating to eating disorders. If you feel the themes in this production might cause you distress, you are welcome to call the box office on 020 7978 7040 for further details about the production.

We are excited to announce we are being supported by Solace Women’s Aid. Solace support women and children in London to build safe lives and strong futures, free from domestic and sexual violence and abuse. 

 

 

 

TAILORED PERFORMANCES:  

15 Feb 2pm ACCESSIBLE DRESS REHEARSAL: Dress Rehearsal Run of the show at Soho Theatre which is accessible to wheelchair-users using the elevator to reach the theatre spaces. Email emily@emilycarewe.com to reserve your spot. Please note this run through will have limited set and props.

4 March 12pm PARENT & BABY: Similar to our Relaxed Performance in terms of technical alterations, but provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.

4 March 7.30pm RELAXED: For anyone who benefits from a more relaxed performance environment. House lights are left up with audience free to exit and reenter as required. Sound levels are reduced and any strobe / ‘flashing light’ effects will be omitted also.

10 March 6pm PRE-SHOW TOUCH TOUR: An opportunity for audience members who would benefit from making themselves familiar with the set before the performance.

10 March 7.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED : A performance accompanied by audio description.

Introductory Notes for MEAT can be downloaded here or listened to below:

 

 

12 March 7.30pm BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: A performance accompanied by a British Sign Language Interpreter.

13 March POST SHOW DISCUSSION: Discussing consent within the industry. Join representatives from Solace Women’s Aid along with members of the MEAT creative team and industry intimacy directors as we discuss the ways in which consent works in the rehearsal room and in theatres.

Gillian Greer

Gillian is a playwright and dramaturg from Dublin who has seen her work performed in The Abbey in Dublin, The Traverse in Edinburgh and all manner of London fringe venues, including Theatre503.

Her debut play PETALS was nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play in 2015 and was recently adapted for radio. As a dramaturg, she has worked at The National Theatre, VAULT Festival, Clean Break Theatre Company, The Mercury Theatre and many more. She was recently appointed Literary Manager of The Soho Theatre.

Dates

Artistic Team
Writer
Gillian Greer
Director
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Designer
Rachel Stone
Lighting Designer
Zia Bergin-Holly
Sound Designer
Annie May Fletcher
Intimacy Director
Adelaide Waldrop
Assistant Director
Yusuf Niazi
Producer
Emily Carewe
Stage Manager
Bryony Byrne
Production Manager
Harry Fearnley-Brown
Casting Director
Belinda Norcliffe CDG
Stage Manager (Cover)
Angus Chisholm
Designer (Cover)
Eleanor Bull
Assistant Stage Manager
Ruth Collett
Cast
Max
India Mullen
Ronan
Sean Fox
Jo
Elinor Lawless
★★★★ Time Out
Posted on 27 February 2020

"Powerful drama about a young woman’s reckoning with a toxic past relationship."

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★★★★★ London Living Large
Posted on 27 February 2020

"We'd strongly advise that you don't miss this thoroughly engaging and nuanced work about people caught up in questions that are unfortunately often trivialised by their over simplification."

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★★★★ A Younger Theatre
Posted on 27 February 2020

"It is messy and it is complicated and it leaves collateral damage."

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★★★★ London Pub Theatres
Posted on 27 February 2020

"A knotty, sinewy, layered meal of a play."

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★★★★ The Stage
Posted on 26 February 2020

"Gillian Greer’s new play navigates the subject of sexual consent with unflinching honesty."

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★★★★ The Reviews Hub
Posted on 26 February 2020

"It looks slick, sounds wonderful and, as the title suggests, it has plenty of meat on its bones."

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Audiences say

“Compelling and relevant” 

“Acted fantastically and incredibly moving”

“Beautifully staged with nuanced performances”

“Fantastic script, performances and direction. Really made me think”

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