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Dates:

15 mar - 2 apr

7.45pm

Fridge

£15/£12/£10 previews

writer

Emma Zadow

director

Anoushka Bonwick

'The performances are fantastic'

Broadway World

'Gabrielle De Saumarez is outstanding'

Islington Now

'The performances are fantastic'

Broadway World

'Gabrielle De Saumarez is outstanding'

Lou Reviews

show info
cast
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Alice hasn't been home for a while. Seven years in fact. But when her little sister, Lo, attempts to take her own life, the journey from London to Norfolk proves to be more than just a simple change of pace. Disney VHS tapes, walkmans and the shared memories of two estranged sisters fill the family home. Now Alice must confront what she left behind, and what exactly brought her back.

With the help of their friend Charlie, together, the three try to rekindle a family broken in the Norfolk wilderness. 

"When it's this quiet all the time, you can’t help but hear voices, right?”

Fridge is a play about familial ties and the importance of giving support to those we love against the backdrop of the mental health crisis in the UK, particularly in rural communities. This show has magical realism, poetry and folkloric writing at its heart. A story about a broken family that has been brought back together despite themselves and their past trauma.

Fridge is an arresting piece of new drama which delivers a powerful emotional punch, often undercut by moments of bittersweet humour.”
- A Younger Theatre

Written by BBC New Creative & Soho Theatre Writers Lab Alumna Emma Zadow, who has been shortlisted for both the Vaults Five Award and ETPEP Award. She has also been longlisted for the Tony Craze Award, Bread & Roses Playwrighting Award & was awarded a Theatr Clwyd Bursary in 2021.

£10 tickets available for preview performances on 15th and 16th March.

Running time: approximately 80 minutes with no interval

Content warning: references to suicide and self-harm

This production features flashing lights

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 7:45pm.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.

Alice

Emma Zadow

Emma Zadow trained at Rose Bruford College. She is an alumni writer of Soho Theatre Writers Lab & Mrs C’s
Collective. She is a BBC New Creative.
Theatre credits include A Thousand Eggs (Arcola), The Prism (Les Enfants Terribles), Aamira & Gad (Vaults), Shell Shock (Soho Playhouse, New York), Julius Caesar (TSMGO), Holding the Man (Brockley Jack) & Miss Irrelevant (Pleasance).
‘Fridge’ is published with Renard Press. Her other plays include In the Moss (R&D, Hope Mill Theatre), Hamotzi (Theatre 503) &
Emma has been shortlisted for Tony Craze Award, Vault Five Award, ETPEP Award, and is Fresh Ink Screenwriter at Well Tempered & Last Conker 2021. He BBC New Creative short JIGGING is on the BBC i-player and she recently appeared in Octopus (Fig Films/BFI director Ella Glendining).

Lois

Gabrielle De Saumarez

Gabrielle De Saumarez is a Rose Bruford graduate, Syracuse University alumni and occasional actor-musician, with a broad range of credits from period drama to sketch comedy. Theatre credits include: Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre, Underbelly Southbank, BBC NewsAwards), Frankenstein (Bridewell Theatre), Anthony and Cleopatra (Stockwell Playhouse), Bronte (The Attic Theatre, Stratford upon Avon).
Film credits include: ‘I Bit the Lemon’ (sour productions), ‘Come and Play’ (Teardrop productions), Subterranean (University of Bristol).

Charlie

Edward Watchman

Edward is a recent 2020 graduate from GSA’s Actor Musicianship
Programme. Since graduating he has recently performed in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest’ at Nottingham Playhouse, playing the roles of Caliban and Ferdinand. Additionally, he has toured with Nottingham Playhouse with ‘Little Owl Comes to Town’ playing the role of Little Owl. Ed is very excited to be taking on the role of Charlie in Fridge and is delighted to share this piece full of intimacy, tragedy, and laughter. Ed also sings and plays the violin and bass guitar.

writer

Emma Zadow

director

Anoushka Bonwick

producer

Erin Karn

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