There’s a consensus of opinion on Twitter – Killymuck and Box Clever, both playing at The Bunker, are brilliant and hit audiences right in the gut. See what’s being said on social media then book your tickets!
Written by Kat Woods and Monsay Whitney, the pair of plays, staged by W14 Productions and The Bunker, only run at the underground venue until 13 April 2019, so you’ll have to be quick to see these acclaimed shows, that have also collected a host of four and five star reviews.
The two shows have a lot in common. Both are one-woman tales. Both are written by women. And both have female directors; Catriona Shoobridge directs Killymuck, while Stef O’Driscoll directs Box Clever. Both plays explore the political cause and effect of what it means to be born and grow up with less.
Inspired by real events, Killymuck follows the story of Niamh, a kid from the benefits system who has grown up in a housing estate that was built on a pauper’s graveyard. As she struggles to escape the underclass stereotype, educational barriers, impoverishment, depression and lack of opportunities conspire against her. Box Clever follows a mother whose life seems to be cyclical. The darkly comic tale follows her experience of refuge life and her commitment to do the best she can for her daughter despite the failure of the system.
Killymuck and Box Clever run at The Bunker as part of a season that also includes the Fringe First-winning Funeral Flowers, about a 17-year-old who dreams of being a florist, and Fuck You Pay Me, which brings together comedy, poetry and live music in a feminist love letter to strippers.
Killymuck and Box Clever run from 26 March to 13 April 2019 at Bunker Theatre, 53A Southwark St, London SE1 1RU, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm & 9pm, matinees Saturdays at 2.30pm & 4pm. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12) or you can buy a double-bill ticket for £22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!
What’s being said on Twitter?
Been thinking a lot about @LennonAoife & #ReddRoche performances in @Killymuck_Play & #boxclever @BunkerTheatreUK and I don’t think I’ve seen as heartbreaking and as pitch perfect a performance by a working/under class woman since @KathyBurke in “nil by mouth”. How about y’all?
— Chris Sonnex (@ChrisSonnex) April 3, 2019
#BoxClever at @BunkerTheatreUK has just broke my little heart. Gut wrenching writing by Monsay Whitney and beautiful direction by @StefODriscoll
— Vickie Donoghue (@VickieDonoghue) April 2, 2019
Go go go and see #Killymuck @BunkerTheatreUK while you can! A brilliant play about the underclass and growing up in Northern Ireland. Beautifully written by @katwoods79 and phenomenally acted by #AoifeLennon. pic.twitter.com/Ywl0wxrwzC
— Amy Lunn (@LunnAmy) April 3, 2019
Still feeling stunned from #Boxclever @BunkerTheatreUK. Incredible production which punches you in the gut and breaks your heart. Beautiful.
— Natalie Mitchell (@Mitchell_Nat) April 2, 2019
Saw #Killymuck and #BoxClever on first preview and they were both sick productions – captivating, funny, unapologetic and infuriating. @BunkerTheatreUK are killing it this season, these shows deserve a packed out audience. https://t.co/cIdW7xk26O
— Siobhan James-Elliott (@SiobhanJE) March 28, 2019
#BoxClever @BunkerTheatreUK is an absolute fucking punch in the gut. @StefODriscoll does a beautiful job with some beautiful words.
— Afsaneh Gray (@afsanehgray) April 2, 2019
Extraordinary evening of theatre @BunkerTheatreUK 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻#killymuck and #boxclever both such beautiful pieces of writing. Left feeling incredibly moved and self conscious about my eyes 👀 pic.twitter.com/bz3SbKlxWv
— Maud Dromgoole (@mauddromgoole) March 28, 2019
really excited by the artists taking up space @BunkerTheatreUK atm. #killymuck + #boxclever hit me right in the gut
— ⁘ Milli Bhatia ⁘ (@chamelibhatia) March 29, 2019
#Killymuck by @katwoods79. The first time (ever) in the theatre I’ve felt some of my experiences of class reflected back at me on stage. Timely questions too, about how far we’ve really come…not fucking far enough!
— Joshua Gadsby (@Joshua_Gadsby) March 29, 2019
Saw the double bill of #Killymuck & #BoxClever @BunkerTheatreUK on Saturday & haven’t been able to stop thinking about either since. Please do yourself a favour & get down there for this double bill which runs till 13th April
— Katherine Nesbitt (@_kittybitty) April 1, 2019