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Tanya Truman Productions and Theatre503 present

These Demons

Written by Rachel Bellman
Directed by Jasmine Teo
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“You’re telling me you don’t know the steps to a sixteenth century Jewish exorcism?”

When an event puts her aunt Mirah in hospital, 17-year-old Leah takes it upon herself to find the perpetrator and exact revenge. But as she puts together her plan, the lines of reality become blurred. Her search for answers becomes a search for demons – metaphorical and…not. Despite what her sister Danielle tells her, the shadows in their aunt’s remote cottage seem to move. Surrounded by books about Jewish exorcisms, the two sisters fight the sinking suspicion that they’re not alone.

THESE DEMONS is a thrilling dark comedy-horror exploring family ties, sisterhood, and Jewish demonology. It’s the debut play of Rachel Bellman, directed by Jasmine Teo (Director, The Bevin Boys – London Pub Theatres’ best new play raising awareness 2019; Associate Director, Graceland, Royal Court), produced by Tanya Truman Productions (Pickle, Park Theatre) and Theatre503. 

The production is supported by Arts Council England, JW3, Stage One Bursary, and Tsitsit.

Running time: Approx. 85 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 14+

Content information: 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.

Digital Programme: To access a digital programme PDF, please click here.

 

TAILORED PERFORMANCES:  

 

26 September 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 a £6 ticket, email boxoffice@theatre503.com to be digitally tagged as a writer. If you have previously been tagged as a writer, your ticket will automatically adjust to £6 on the final page of booking – you do not need a Promo Code. On Writers Night, there will be a Q&A with the literary department and writer of the show between 6:50pm-7:20pm. If you are unable to attend our Writers Night, the £6 Writers tickets will also be available up until Saturday 30th. There will also be a digital version of this conversation on Zoom with Rachel Bellman, writer of the play, and our Literary Manager, Steve Harper on Monday 18th September at 7pm. Tickets can be booked for this Zoom session here.

4 October 7:30pm & 7 October 2:30pm PAY WHAT YOU CHOOSE: These are our two Pay What You Choose performances, where tickets start from £5. Please note, unlike previous seasons, the final Saturday of the run is no longer a Pay What You Choose performance. 

10 October POST SHOW Q&A:  Post show Q&A with These Demons playwright, Rachel Bellman and the cast, chaired by a special guest (TBC).

11 October 12pm PARENT & BABY:  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.

12 October 7:30pm FILMED PERFORMANCE: This performance will be filmed – there will be two cameras in the auditorium and the audience will be at reduced capacity. Only the back of audience members’ heads will be in shot. If you have any questions or issues, please email boxoffice@theatre503.com.

Rachel Bellman

Rachel is a playwright, book writer and lyricist from London. Her writing for musical theatre includes Game Theory, developed by Perfect Pitch and produced in concert at The Lowry, How to Escape developed with young people at Liverpool Empire, and The Dickens Girls, winner of the 2019 New Music Theatre Award. She was previously part of Soho Writers Lab and is a member of MMD Writers Lab. These Demons was longlisted for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Playwriting and is her debut play.

Dates

Artistic Team
Writer
Rachel Bellman
Director
Jasmine Teo
Set & Costume Designer
Sophie Firth
Lighting Designer
Skylar Turnbull Hurd
Sound Designer
Niamh Gaffney for Autograph
Movement Director
Laura Wohlwend
Costume Associate
Peiyao Wang
Production Manager
Laurel Marks
Stage Manager
Waverley Moran
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Cast
Leah
Olivia Marcus
Danielle
Liv Andrusier
Mirah
Ann Marcuson
Cast Set For the World Premiere of THESE DEMONS at Theatre503
Posted on 5 September 2023

The cast has been announced for Tanya Truman Productions and Theatre503’s These Demons, a thrilling new dark comedy, premiering at Theatre503 this September. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, this debut play from writer Rachel Bellman explores Jewish demonology in an intimate family drama about sisterhood, ‘otherness’ and the stigma of the village witch.

Read the full article

Cast announced for world premiere of These Demons
Posted on 4 September 2023

The cast has been announced for Tanya Truman Productions and Theatre503’s These Demons, a thrilling new comedy-horror, premiering at Theatre503 this September. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, this debut play from writer Rachel Bellman explores Jewish demonology in an intimate family drama about sisterhood, ‘otherness’ and the stigma of the village witch.

Read the full article

Audience Reviews
★★★★★
Adventures in Theatreland
★★★★★
A Young(ish) Perspective
Darkly funny at times, psychological at others, Bellman's script is filled with originality
The Guardian
★★★★
The Reviews Hub
★★★★
Jewish Renaissance
Packs in heaps of compelling themes, from sisterhood to antisemitism to the corrosive impact of living with fear
The Stage
★★★★
West End Evenings
★★★★
Theatre Weekly
★★★★
Bellman's script is funny, insightful and at times downright enthralling
LondonTheatre1
★★★★
Always Time for Theatre
★★★★
Terrifically entertaining
Theatre and Tonic

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