NEWS: Poleroid Theatre to Bring Kenneth Emson’s Plastic to Old Red Lion Theatre

Following its run at the Latitude Festival, Poleroid Theatre will bring their production of BAFTA nominated playwright Kenneth Emson’s Plastic to the Old Red Lion Theatre. 

Poleroid Theatres Plastic - Old Red Lion Theatre (courtesy of Helen Murray)

Directed by Josh Roche, this new play examines how insecurities of childhood can follow us into later life in this story about time, memory and escape.

Kev used to have a girlfriend called Lisa, she wore a fitted blazer and reebok classics, lit up the school yard. Kev used to be the captain of the school football team. Scored the winner in the All-Essex schools cup final. 

Ben used to get beaten up most days. He stole money from his mum’s purse to pay off ‘Wicksy’. Now he’s an accountant. But Ben always had Jack. His loyal, unbreakable mate Jack. 

Adults are the kids that survive school right? And what if some kids don’t?

Set in a school in Essex, Roche’s production is a mixture of performance and drama poetry, telling the story of four young people forced into adulthood.

Talking about the play, director Josh Roche said: “School is hell. We all go through it, but as adults we’re quick to patronise and diminish teenagers who scream for help. We made Plastic to talk about the horror that takes root in schools, a horror of loneliness, frustration and identity – a horror that can define the lives of adults well into retirement.”

The creative team for the production includes: designs by Sophie Thomas, lighting by Peter Small and sound design by Kieran Lucas. Casting for the production has yet to be announced.

Plastic will play at the Old Red Lion Theatre from the 3rd to the 21st April. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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