Theatre503 and Bethany Cooper Productions present
A garage. A flipchart. A pile of Club biscuits. T-shirts that don’t fit. And 3 people who are really stuck.
Tapped is a heart-warming comedy that explores the importance of connection, fulfilment and (lack of) hope. In Stapleford aka Stabbo, we meet Gavi, Jen and Dawn at an amateur self-help group who all share one commonality; they’re desperate for escapism.
Gavi wants to inspire his community. Which is tricky when everyone would prefer to just stay at home and watch Bake Off. Adamant to succeed, he starts hosting motivational meetings from his garage for his fellow Co-op colleagues. With the help of daily mantras, goal setting and repeatedly listening to Spandau Ballet, he believes he can change their lives for the better. However, when the only two attendees are bickering mother and daughter Dawn and Jen, it’s not quite the enlightening experience they all thought it would be. Dawn wants more from life, Jen wants a brand new life and Gavi just wants Jen in his life; but there’s only so much ‘positive visualisation’ they can all do before simply facing up to the painful reality of what’s really going on.
Tapped is a witty and sensitive portrayal of managing mental health within a family, highlighting the barriers we put up in order to put on a brave face, whilst having those all-important lightbulb moments, like realising Aldi really does sell everything.
Piers Black (Ransack Theatre, Catching Comets) directs the premiere of Katie Redford’s hilarious and honest debut play about eating too many biscuits, missed opportunities, big dreams in small places and how the idea of change is far easier said than done.. Presented by Theatre503 and Bethany Cooper Productions.
This production is supported by Arts Council England, Cameron Grants Memorial Trust, The Gane Trust, Unity Theatre Trust and the Wildcard Foundation.
Age guidance: 14+
Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (no interval)
Saturday matinee performances are Pay What You Can, and there are five £5 tickets on offer for every show after Previews.
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7 April 7.30pm WRITERS NIGHT: A chance for writers to enjoy a discounted ticket and meet our literary department and the writer of the show. Attendees to Writers Night are invited to submit for our Rapid Write Response initiative. To unlock the £5 tickets, phone our box office 020 7978 7040 to be digitally tagged as a writer. If you are unable to attend our Writers Night, the £5 tickets will also be available for the following performance.
20 April 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.
20 April 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.
22 April 7:30pm RECORDED: There will be 2-3 cameras set up on tripods in the 4th & 5th rows of the theatre, to capture a recording of the performance. As such, capacity will be reduced to 24 seats on this night.
Katie Redford is a writer & performer from Nottingham. She won BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy in 2019 and is a BBC Comedy Writersroom alumni. YELLOW LIPS, her debut drama for BBC Radio 4, which she played the lead in, was broadcast in Spring 2021, and she has various TV scripts in commissioned development. She also co-wrote, performed in and produced award winning short film GHOSTED, starring Alison Steadman. TAPPED is her debut play for stage.
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