An isolated woman, a pest controller and a talking cat… but which is which? We think we’ve got one character sussed! Take a look at these candid images from the rehearsal room of new darkly comic tale Mites for a hint of what to expect from James Mannion’s latest play, then book your tickets!
The sinister exploration of the manipulation which can underpin relationships runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 7 to 26 October 2019.
A lonely woman, abandoned by her husband, lives in an isolated house with her outspoken, anthropomorphic cat, Bartholomew. One day she is visited by Ken, a pest controller, who claims to be her ex-husband returned to her. Deceived by his lies and obsessed with memories of the past, the woman accepts Ken into her life, despite the sceptical protestations of Bartholomew. As her self-deception grows and Ken’s true intentions become clear, how will she survive the competitive machinations of her two male companions? And is there more to Bartholomew than meets the eye?
An allegorical interpretation of mental health based on personal experiences, Mites explores the emotional turmoil which accompanies descent into mental instability. It creates a web of mistrust, intrigue and control using an absurdist narrative to mirror the disorientating panic, paranoia and helplessness. It is a psychological thriller which centres on a worsening spiral of manipulation and gaslighting. Mites is an eviscerating take on the predatory and the vulnerable, autonomy and delusion which pushes boundaries and throws probing questions up in the air.
Claire-Marie Hall leads the production as Ruth, with Richard Henderson as Bartholomew and George Howard as Ken.
Mites is directed by Blueleaf Theatre’s Artistic Director, Marcus Marsh, who previously directed Mannions’ Hedgehogs & Porcupines at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Mites runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, London, WC2H 9NP from 7 to 26 October 2019, with performances Mondays to Saturdays 7.45pm, matinees Saturdays 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!