Don't. Make. Tea.

Birds of Paradise Theatre by Rob Drummond

WED 5 - SAT 8 OCT, 7.30pm

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The near future. The benefits system has undergone a transformation. For the better? We shall see.

Chris never wanted to end up here. She’s a proud woman and hates asking for help but when her condition deteriorated she had no choice but to claim disability benefits.

Ralph believes in the new system. He knows it works. He knows it can work for Chris. He’s here today, in her home, to assess her. To prove to her that there has been no mistake - she is fit and capable of working. Chris knows he is wrong. Knows her life will be over if his verdict stands. Can she persuade him to change his mind? And, if not, how far is she willing to go to save herself?

If you are capable of killing and disposing of a body, can you really call yourself disabled?

A riveting new dark comedy from Rob Drummond (Bulletcatch, The Majority) presented by Scotland’s disability-led theatre company.

Don't. Make. Tea. is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

This show will have Integrated BSL, Audio Description & Captions for every performance.

Please note that the performance on Fri 7th Oct will be a dedicated mask-wearing performance.

At this performance we are asking all audience members to wear masks, observe social distancing when moving around and in seating arrangements. The Traverse Staff will also be wearing face coverings before, during and after the performance. We also ask everyone to be aware that this performance has been established for individuals who require a higher level of covid safety to be in place to support their attendance. For further information, the Traverse also operates a tempered in/out air handling system with bag and panel filters. The system is in operation 2 hours prior to and 2 hours after occupation.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.

★★★★'A real hit which should be widely seen and enjoyed' - North West End

'…this is one brilliantly shrewd triumph of a show…' - The Herald - Purposeless Movements

'They’re challenging political correctness and audience ideas. And they do it so well.'Broadway World - Blanche & Butch

'Wendy Hoose reflects the intelligent minds behind it, especially in terms of the integration of the audio description, British Sign Language interpretation and animated surtitles'The Skinny - Wendy Hoose

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • DirectorRobert Softley Gale
  • WriterRob Drummond
  • Set & Costume DesignKenneth MacLeod (he/him)
  • Lighting Design & Production ManagementLouise Gregory
  • AV DesignJamie MacDonald
  • CompositionScott Twynholm

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This show will have Integrated BSL, Audio Description & Captions for every performance.