Nothing To Lose

Time to share more details on our current project… an international collaboration born from necessity and human experience; a dark comedy for 2021, by Sarah McCay Tams.

With rehearsals via Zoom, and an international crew of animators and cinematographers bringing our voices to life, the animated performance of Nothing to Lose is set for release in Summer 2021.

Check out our new trailer below.

More details on this upcoming performance at:

Edinburgh Fringe is here!

Thank you for our review of The Wasp at the Edinburgh Fringe!

‘The Wasp’ press release

Buy your Edinburgh Fringe tickets here! or call the box office on 0131 557 2124 (Tickets £12.00 (full) £10.00 (Concession))

The Wasp‘ by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm at Greenside (venue 236), Mint Studio, Infirmary Street. 19 – 24 August 10:40am. Running time 1 hr 30 mins

(**** 4.5 stars) Nominee for Best Theatre (Play) Award – Guildford Fringe Festival, July 2019

After our preview tour, ‘The Wasp’ was described as a “…shockingly entertaining thriller [that] should be on every Edinburgh Festival’s must-see list” (London Pub Theatres). We were shortlisted in the top 4 plays at the Guildford Fringe Festival 2019. Check out the full reviews from our preview tour dates here.

Jo Sammons as ‘Carla’  joIMAGE     

Tara Lacey as ‘Heather’  tara

Edinburgh Fringe preview tour announced for ‘The Wasp’

31st May 8pm, The Atic, 10-11 Butchers Row, Banbury, OX16 5JH
1st June 7.30pm, Village Hall, Middleton Cheney, Banbury, OX17 2LT
24th June, Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU
25th June, Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU
2nd July 7.00pm, Guildford Fringe Festival, Star Inn, Guildford – AVAILABLE NOW!!
19th – 24th August, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Greenside @ Infirmary Street – AVAILABLE NOW

Brighton Fringe Review – Blink

This is the most affecting bittersweet piece of theatre seen at the Fringe for a while and a masterly play. That Hall and Lacey invest it with such pathos humour and delicacy whilst working to pinpoint direction is equally winning, equally devastating and makes you dream sequels. So tightly scored is the piece with its briefest of musical interludes, you’d think it moves like a tiny musical or chamber opera. It’s a must-see.

Published May 31, 2017

Blink – Brighton Fringe


by Phil Porter

“ Raw, real and utterly brilliant”

Unconventional, quirky and voyeuristic, this funny delicate often ’heart-rending’ love story cleverly weaves themes of loneliness, bereavement and consensual stalking (!) into the intimate and engaging story of Jonah, Sophie and a fox called Scruffilitis.

Peppered Wit Productions bring their five star show, written by award winning playwright Phil Porter to Brighton, having moved audiences during the 2016 Camden Fringe with ‘superb performances from both Lacey and Hall’ of the sheltered Jonah and the vulnerable Sophie.

This slick, tight-knit company use vibrant multimedia to add an extra dimension to their ‘beautiful, poignant and humorous’ storytelling.

Peppered Wit have toured fringe theatre throughout the UK including Edinburgh Fringe (2012) and Camden Fringe (2013/16) impressing audiences with their ‘chilling and thought-provoking’ interpretation of Mark Healy’s ‘The Collector’, described as ‘excellent and effortlessly believable’.

This Oxfordshire quintet, a merry band of actors and musicians first met performing the stage version of ‘Brassed Off’ in their local theatre.


  • BLINK will be at Sweet Waterfront 1 (Venue *?*) from 29th May – 4th June at 5.30pm (80 mins) with tickets priced at £9.50.  
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5 Stars for our Camden Fringe 2016 Production!

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Upstairs at the Gatehouse
27th August 2016


Photography provided by the Camden Fringe

Blink, written by Phil Porter and directed by Jem Turner, Rob Hall and Tara Lacey, is one of the Camden Fringe’s hidden gems. A beautiful portrayal of love, loss, and life, touchingly bound together by the simple, everyday moments we all take for granted but which take on huge significance for protagonists Sophie (Lacey) and Jonah (Hall).

Sophie lives in Leytonstone. Until recently everything was going great. She lived on the top-floor flat of the house owned by her beloved father, while her father lived below. They shared the garden. She had a job in account management and led a simple but pleasant existence. Then everything changed. Her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a few months later and just after the funeral she was made redundant (the only person on her team, chosen for the bizarre reason of lack of visibility even when present). Jonah also lives in Leytonstone, in the downstairs flat that was once occupied by Sophie’s father. He isn’t from the big city though. He grew up in a religious commune, isolated from the real world. When his mother died from pancreatic cancer he discovered a letter from her, instructing him to find the money she had buried in the garden and to escape the confines of the commune. Though ill-prepared socially, he dutifully followed her instructions. He ends up in Leytonstone by pure chance: when he offered a tissue to a bleeding man at the train station, the man informed him that Leytonstone is the best place to live in London.

Both characters are socially awkward, grieving, and confused about their place in society. Sophie, puzzled by the visibility comment made at her redundancy, lonely, and isolated, is desperate for a little attention. Although Jonah, who is clearly on the autistic spectrum, doesn’t know how to behave outside the commune, he is curious to find out. Like Sophie, he is terribly alone, however finds some comfort in caring for the sick fox Scruffilitis who visits the garden every day. Then Sophie, touched by Jonah’s behaviour towards Scruffilitis and reminded of her father in the garden, suddenly concocts an extraordinary and somewhat ridiculous plan which leads to Jonah consensually stalking her. We follow both characters as they go through the motions of everyday life, separate and yet together, taking pleasure in the small things, a TV drama for example. However this bizarre period of happiness soon comes to an abrupt end and Sophie and Jonah have to confess their actions and face the future.

This heart-rending production had me in tears. While Sophie and Jonah have what is possibly the most dysfunctional relationship on the planet, you can’t help but root for them. Porter’s touching descriptions of their daily, often banal activities combined with superb performances from both Lacey and Hall result in a show that is raw, real and utterly brilliant.

The simple set design from Chris Alcock also deserves a mention and supports the story wonderfully. Two tables are cleverly used to divide the space into flats. Yet when required, these tables also seamlessly become a hospital bed or a cosy bed under the stars. A series of objects dotted around the room illustrate the characters’ lives: wellington boots, a shovel, a camera, a pile of cardboard boxes stacked in the corner – basic objects with huge importance for Sophie and Jonah. In the background a screen draped by curtains is in central focus, with white cut-outs of London at either side. The screen is used at various points throughout the production, for example to show the words in the letter from Jonah’s mother, and adds a nice touch.

Blink is a beautiful, poignant and often humorous tale which will engage you from the start. It’s a shame it only has such a short run at the Camden Fringe and I can’t wait to see what Peppered Wit Productions do next.

Blink opened on 25th August and runs until 28th August 2016 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, as part of the Camden Fringe.

Nearest tube station: Highgate (Northern)

Blink by Phil Porter

Peppered Wit Productions present

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by Phil Porter

‘This is a true story…our love story’ Jonah tells us but the course of true love never did run smooth and anyway, is your ‘happy ending’ mine too?

Unconventional, quirky and voyeuristic, this funny, delicate love story cleverly weaves themes of loneliness, bereavement and consensual stalking (!) into the intimate and engaging story of Jonah, Sophie and a fox called Scruffilitis.

Sophie, vulnerable and raw from the loss of her father to pancreatic cancer, craves visibility whilst Jonah, sheltered and fresh from a religious commune, having lost his mother to the same disease, wants to find out what ‘life on the outside’ is really about. They find each other in Leytonstone. Their ensuing relationship is dysfunctional, darkly funny and unexpected – in more ways that one!

Peppered Wit Productions return to the Camden Fringe Festival. Impressing audiences with their 2013 production of ‘The Collector’ by Mark Healy at Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre, this slick, tight-knit company received a deserved four-star review from the popular Everything-Theatre, describing their intense, psychological thriller as ‘chilling and thought-provoking….my favourite piece so far at this year’s Camden Fringe’.

With a creative and fluid approach to set, sound and lighting, the Peppered Wit team of Tara Lacey, Rob Hall, Jem Turner and Nick Wilson work collaboratively on all aspects of the staging. Creating a multi-functional set has been a challenge but one which the team has relished as they look forward to the show.banner2

Having worked together on many productions for other companies – including ‘Brassed Off’ for Banbury Cross Players in collaboration with Hook Norton Brass Band (where the quartet first met!), Peppered Wit have previously taken fringe theatre to Edinburgh (2012) and Camden (2013). Their last creative foray together was a series of Christmas Dickensian Dinner Shows with seventeen well-loved characters played by four and a half actors, Victorian underscoring and spooky sound-effects a-plenty!

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London, N6 4BD

Performances:        Thurs 25 August, 7.30pm

                                   Fri 26 August, 9.15pm

                                   Sat 27 August, 7.30pm

                                   Sun 28 August, 7.30pm

Tickets £12/£10 available online from

or from the Box Office on 0208 340 3488

Press contact: Rob Hall

telephone: 07713348640