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Lady Muck & Knot Productions in association with Theatre503

The Amygdala

Written by Sophie Fox
Directed by Tess Monro
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£10 Standard
RUNNING TIME/NOTICES: 60mins (no interval) / Contains flashing lights, strong language and themes of sexual violence.

Amygdala: (noun) əˈmɪɡdələ. A roughly almond shaped mass of grey matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experience of memory and emotions, especially empathy, anger or fear.

Kelsey is in prison serving a life sentence for murder. Thea is doing a PhD and thinks she knows everything there is to know about women who kill. But, as her friendship with Kelsey deepens, Thea realises she doesn’t know the first thing about fear or what it can make you do. Based on true events, The Amygdala is a brutally honest portrait of the life of a woman in prison that explores the limits of our capacity for empathy and forgiveness.

Inspired by the true story of Sally Challen, The Amygdala is influenced by research conducted by Sophie Fox in partnership with Justice for Women; a legal organisation that supports and advocates on behalf of women who have fought back against or killed violent male partners.

Lady Muck and Knot Productions are two female-led (trans + cisgender) theatre companies dedicated to social justice, new writing and unleashing burgeoning talent. They are collaborating on this project in order to support each other as female and LGBTQ+ led companies as well as the development of a new, essential play that challenges social preconceptions about victims of domestic violence, the criminal justice system and the “nature” of women.

Sophie Fox

Sophie is an actress and writer from London. She was inspired to write The Amygdala, her first venture into writing for stage, whilst training with TiPP to become a theatre-in-prisons workshop leader; which resulted in a placement at a men’s prison in Warrington. Sophie primarily focuses on comedy in her other writing and acting work. She is currently writing a comedy sketch show for screen which she will also star in.


Artistic Team
Sophie Fox
Tess Monro
Tess Monro
Hannah Jones
Original Music
Sarah Carton
AV Design
Dee Dixon
Stage Manager
Pip Snow
Sophie Fox
Amelia Gann
The Amygdala by Sophie Fox at Theatre503
Posted on 11 September 2019

"An engaging and enthusiastic production." ★★★★ (Chris Omaweng for LondonTheatre1)

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“An engaging and enthusiastic production.” ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

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