PREVIEW: Spiked, Pleasance Theatre

Written, designed and directed by mothers, Félicité du Jeu’s Spiked comes to the Pleasance Theatre from the 16th April. 


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Presented by Pepperbox Theatre and with the help of charities including Islington Giving and the Cripplegate foundation, mothers in Islington and in the audience will be invited to participate in a survey about their take on motherhood in Britain today.

Spiked examines school gate segregation and crossculturalism, aiming to inspire women to further share their experiences.

Following a class of year 10 students mysteriously taken ill, three mothers from different cultural background wait together in A&E. As this event brings up unresolved issues in their lives, the mothers have to learn from their children.

Directed by Gemma Kerr, the production is set to star Charlotte Asprey (Dracula, NBC/Sky; Elizabeth I, Channel 4/HBO) as Joanna, Katie Clark (Complicité’s Measure for Measure, international tour, National Theatre) as Rozhin, and Daniella Dessa (Yerma, Manchester Royal Exchange) as Karen.

Writer Félicité du Jeu said: “In SPIKED, I wanted to raise the question: What drives mothers apart and what can bring them together? SPIKED hopes to build bridges between mothers from all walks of life and aims to show how we all share similar aspirations for our children.”

Produced by Pepperbox Theatre, the production features set designs by Cecilie Gravesen and costume design by Claire Finlay-Thompson.

Spiked will play at the Pleasance Theatre from the 16th to the 28th April. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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