The production will begin performances at the Southwark Playhouse on the 1st February 2023.

It has been confirmed that the London première of Smoke by Kim Davies will take place at the Southwark Playhouse from the 1st to the 25th February 2023.

Júlia Levai and Polina Kalinina co-direct Meaghan Martin (Never Not Once and The Actor’s Nightmare ) as Julie, and Oli Higginson (LAVA , A Christmas Carol , The Last Five Years)  as John.

The story takes place in a pre-Me Too New York City at a BDSM party. Julie is a privileged college dropout dipping her toes into the world of S&M. John is a cynical struggling artist willing to act as her guide. Their whirlwind encounter starts as a sexually charged game of cat and mouse. As they get to know each other, these seemingly self-possessed characters have their boundaries and notions of consent challenged. The consequences are irreparable and unsettling.

The play, a modern take of August Strindberg’s ground-breaking play, Miss Julie, originally premièred at The Flea Theatre, New York in 2014, where it was critics pick in The New York Times and Time Out New York.  

Kim Davies said today: “I couldn’t be more honoured that such a talented group of artists has been assembled for the London premiere of this play. It means so much to me that this play continues to speak to audiences almost a decade after I wrote it—and perhaps all the more so in a culture that has now more fully reckoned with the #metoo movement and sexual abuse in both mainstream and kink culture.” 

The creative team behind the production includes: Production Design: Sami Fendall; Sound Design: Jamie Lu; Lighting Designer: Rajiv Pattani; Graphic Designer: Justin Williams and Intimacy Director: Asha Jennings-Grant.

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