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On the Exhale

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The Scotsman


    Written byMartín Zimmerman
    Start date2 Aug 2018
    End date26 Aug 2018
  • TicketsFull price £20.50 / Standard concession £15.50 / U30s & Students £15 / Other concession £9.50

    European premiere
    China Plate and Audible in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

    Like a child, a weapon won’t be satisfied until it dominates your every thought.

    After a devastating school shooting, a woman develops an obsession that begins to take over every aspect of her existence.

    Martín Zimmerman’s ‘startlingly original’ (New York Times) play is a compulsive and visceral examination of American gun violence, directed by double Fringe First award-winner Christopher Haydon (GroundedThe Christians). / @youroldchina / #OnTheExhale

    Thu 2 Aug, 4.15pm

    Preview Tickets
    Full price £13
    Concession £9

    Fri 3 – Sun 26 Aug
    (No Mon Performances)

    Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

    Full price £20.50
    Standard concession £15.50
    U30s / Students £15
    Other concession £9.50

    See our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information.

    Access Performances
    British Sign Language: Sun 5 Aug, 11am


    Running Time
    1h 10min

    Age Recommendation 

    Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains strong language.

    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

    Image by Iona Firouzabadi

    • Christopher Haydon

    • Frankie Bradshaw

    • Colin Grenfell

      Lighting Designer
    • Donato Wharton

      Sound Designer
    • Monique Touko

      Assistant Director
    • Polly Frame

      The Scotsman
    • Polly Frame's magnificent performance... tightens with riveting intensity towards a final confrontation that has us almost literally holding our breath. ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • Still, matter-of-fact and measured, [Polly Frame’s] delivery is gripping in its economy and hits home like a bullet. ★★★★
      The Guardian
    • Dark, stark and disturbing. ★★★★
      The Reviews Hub
    • Polly Frame’s performance in this demanding one woman play is searing, relentless, intense, and yet relatable. ★★★★
      Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
    • An intriguing look at trauma and grief. ★★★★
      Edinburgh Guide
    • Haydon’s staging perfectly complements Frame’s performance, creating an almost hypnotic trance in its storytelling power… ★★★★★
      Across The Arts
    • Polly Frame’s crisp, moving central performance.
      Financial Times
    • Under the sleek direction of Christopher Haydon, it is powerfully performed by Polly Frame.
      What’s On Stage
    • A very classy production. Haydon directs subtly and sensitively.
      Time Out
    • Bring[s] together a poignant story of maternal loss and a tense psychological drama. ★★★★
      British Theatre Guide
    • Unpredictable in all the right ways, and satisfying without feeling easy or glib. ★★★★
      The Skinny
    • Polly Frame gives it both barrels as a woman breaking apart in a taut staging by Christopher Haydon. ★★★★
      Fest Magazine
    • A brutal and exhausting performance that is truly outstanding. ★★★★
      Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
    • A script with the twists and turns of a thriller. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • An urgent, unsettling dissection of gun culture. ★★★★
      The Arts Desk
    • It is gripping, thoughtful and fits a whole lot of emotion into just one hour. ★★★★
      Broadway Baby
    • Martin Zimmerman’s monologue is a tense exploration of gun violence and trauma.
    • Christopher Haydon has created a production of both power and fragility. ★★★★

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