Metal Rabbit Productions by Jenna Fincken

Tue 1 - Thu 3 Oct, 8PM

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The effect of being told you’re loved is very powerful. But what happens when that love becomes an invisible threat?

Lou is a 28-year-old primary school teacher who wants to show her audience the exact moments in her relationship, breaking down the progression of coercion as Lou journeys from freedom to being trapped.

Ruckus is an award winning, compelling one-woman thriller which explores the suppression and destruction caused by coercive control which gained critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022, and during the London transfer to Southwark Playhouse. Ruckus' accolades include a number of 4 & 5 star reviews, a WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Off-West End Production, and an OFFIE nomination for Lead Performance in a Play.

Ruckus is part of the Traverse's £1 Tickets Project.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.

Contains distressing themes which some people may find difficult to watch. Expand here for more detail

Analysing coercive control raises themes of domestic abuse, economic abuse, suicidal ideation, scenes of a sexual nature, scenes of violence and implied animal cruelty. The performance Includes occasional strong language and sensitive subject matter, including references to and the social care system.

Please reference the Self-Care Guide below for support resources.


★★★★ 'Important play which takes us inside the head, and life, of a trapped woman.' - The Guardian

★★★★ 'It is a precise, pressure-cooker production of a thrilling and thoughtful one-woman play.' - The Stage

★★★★★ 'Rarely is there an account as raw and honest as Ruckus gives, and it’s a testament to the writing.' -Lost in Theatreland

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  • Stage ManagerNaomi Shanson (she/her)
  • ProducerOli Seymour (he/him)
  • Executive ProducerGeorge Warren (he/him)
  • Jenna Fincken (she/her)


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