Edinburgh Fringe is here!

Thank you BroadwayWorld.com 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

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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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 http://www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com

or from the Box Office on 0208 340 3488

Press contact: Rob Hall

telephone: 07713348640

email: rob@pepperedwit.co.uk


Call for new writing!

Are you an author?

Peppered Wit are looking for new and challenging material for 2015 for performance at the Fringe Festivals and theatre tours.

We are looking for something edgy that will challenge audiences and actors alike!

If you have something you’d like us to read then please send it to tara@pepperedwit.co.uk and we’ll be straight back to you.

Review of The Collector at the Camden Fringe

Monday, 19 August 2013

Camden Fringe: The Collector, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013
John Fowles

Adapted for stage by Mark Healy
Presented by Peppered Wit productions
Pros: Compelling, well-acted piece which really made me think.

Cons: Some of the more serious action doesn’t necessarily lend itself to being acted naturalistically.

Our Verdict: Chilling and thought-provoking. Well worth seeing.

It’s been while since I have been to the theatre and come away genuinely not knowing what to think. The issues explored in this updated version of The Collector by Peppered Wit Productions at Upstairs at the Gatehouse made me reconsider the complexity of modern relationships. The delusion and dangerous simplicity bound up with longing and unrequited desire. The cruel ease with which social status, first impressions, self-worth and isolation can dictate the way we interact with others. How social structures can disenfranchise us, not just materially but also emotionally and intellectually. How easily we judge one single act as wrong without fully considering the motivations. How chillingly easy it is for us to justify our own actions.

The collector of the title is socially repressed Frederick Clegg. He works in a job centre, collects natural specimens in his spare time, and ardently admires art student Miranda from afar. He is far too shy to talk to her. He knows she wouldn’t give him the time of day anyway. So when he unexpectedly wins the lottery, he buys a house in a remote part of Surrey and abducts her. He sets her up in his cellar, promises to treat her respectfully and to give her everything she could possibly want, except her freedom. His motivation? If Miranda and he could just spend some quality time together, just the two of them, away from everything else, maybe Miranda would get to know him properly and like him for who he is.

Obviously this rationale is seriously flawed, and abduction and imprisonment are fundamentally wrong. Nevertheless, the play is an interesting exploration of the relationship which develops between two characters who turn out not to be as easily pigeon holed as you may expect. The roles of victim and bully are not simple; they’re interchangeable and you come to realise that, to a degree, we are all victims of our own circumstance.

The small company of two were excellent and effortlessly believable. I was genuinely unsettled by Frederick Clegg (Rob Hall) throughout the piece but also often felt sorry for him. I found Miranda (Tara Lacey) annoying and precocious, but admired her strength of character. The piece was cleverly staged and directed in the small but well-fitted-out Gatehouse Theatre. Projections were used cleverly, to hinge the action together and portray scenarios where Miranda was permitted to step foot out of her cellar.

The Collector was chilling and compelling but punctured with humour at the correct moments. There were times when the naturalistic style perhaps made the piece a little less believable. The scenes near the end of the play where the characters physically fought together felt a little laboured, but were necessary to the plot.

This piece is more thought-provoking and complex than a review of this length can give credit to. It tied my thoughts up without offering to untangle them and for this it is my favourite piece so far from this year’s Camden Fringe.

Unfortunately The Collector has finished its run as part of Camden Fringe, but catch it on the 11th September at the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury. Box office: https://www.themillartscentre.co.uk/wps/wcm/connect/micro/millarts/events/millarts-whatson

★★★★ – excellent, well worth seeing

★★★ – good with some weaknesses

★★ – poor, not worth seeing

★ – awful, actively avoid