An all-female cast and creative team bring Chloe Yates’ electric new play A Rat, A Rat to the stage at south London’s new Golden Goose Theatre, in association with renowned mental health theatre company Stepping Out. The flagship production runs from 10 to 28 August 2021, with press nights on 12 and 13 August.
Charlie has just turned 18. Whilst most would be out enjoying their newly-found adult liberties, Charlie is stuck in a white room with a bed without sheets, a window that doesn’t open, and a rat.
She has to adapt fast to this new, sterile world of the adult psychiatric unit if she is to convince anyone that she is well enough to go home to her waiting mum, Vicky. Under the care of her over-worked and under-trained key worker Jenny, Charlie learns quickly that she is pretty much on her own. Until Kim turns up.
Shortlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting from Ellie Keel and Paines Plough, this electric new play by Chloe Yates shines a piercing light into the gaping structural holes of our mental health system, questioning how we as individuals care for one another when our institutions fail us.
A Rat, A Rat stars Rose Reade as Charlie, Fiona Tong as Vicky, Andrea Johannes as Jenny, Lou Kendon-Ross as Kim, and Marina Nunes as The Rat. The production is helmed by Golden Goose Theatre artistic director Georgia Leanne Harris, design by Joana Dias, and lighting by Chloe Stally-Gibson.
A Rat, A Rat runs at the Golden Goose Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Road Camberwell London SE5 0RR, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £15 (£12 concessions). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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Chloe Yates (writer) – Based in Norwich, Chloe wrote her first play aged 17, for the National Theatre’s New Views Competition. Her play was longlisted, and she has since had short plays produced at Theatre 503, Chiswick Playhouse and Theatre Deli. Her debut full-length play Mental had a sold-out run at the OSO Arts Centre and transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
Chloe’s second play A Rat, A Rat was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting. She has since worked with Clean Break and Theatre 503 and is currently studying for an undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is developing her third full-length play with Soho Writers’ Lab.
Georgia Leanne Harris (director) – Georgia is currently Artistic Director of the Golden Goose Theatre. Her previous directing includes Sheep by David Cantor (White Bear Theatre), Harley & Me by Lucy Walters (Lion & Unicorn Theatre) and Beyond The Grave by Simon Godfrey (Plymouth Barbican & Et Cetera Theatre). She has also assisted Oscar Pearce on Keith?! by Patrick Marmion at the Arcola and Rupert Graves on The Ungrateful Biped. Georgia has been artistic director of Tripped Theatre since 2013.
About the Golden Goose Theatre
The Golden Goose is a new theatre close to the heart of Camberwell in south London. Founded by writer/director Michael Kingsbury, who is also the artistic director of the White Bear Theatre in Kennington, and led by Georgia Leanne Harris as artistic director, the Golden Goose aims to produce and programme new work from upcoming creatives and more established practitioners eager to forge new directions in their work.
Since recently opening its doors, the Golden Goose has hosted shows from multi-award-winning Out Of The Forest Theatre, Fringe-First winner Chris Larner and hosted an R&D from Althea Theatre. They’ve also supported new work from Frumpish Theatre through the FRESH writing festival and development nights from several new creatives.
About Stepping Out Theatre
A Rat, A Rat is produced in association with Stepping Out Theatre. Founded in Bristol in 1997, and with 88 productions to their credit, Stepping Out are the country’s leading mental health theatre company, working with theatre professionals and mental health service users to bring compelling human stories alive on stage.
After moving all work online throughout the pandemic, A Rat, A Rat is Stepping Out’s first post-lockdown physical production following on from four online productions over the last 10 months.