A new play by Isley Lynn

Directed By Chelsea Walker

29th Jan – 23rd Feb 2013 (7:30pm)

Sundays 3.30pm. (No performance on Mondays)

The Tristan Bates Theatre

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‘What nourishes me destroys me.’

Strip Theatre presents this unusual and striking play by Isley Lynn.

Tessa’s home. Unannounced.
Michael has stopped eating again.
She makes a deal with him – she’ll stay, but will only eat what he eats.
Michael, however, plays by his own rules.

Brave and boldly original, Lean is an unashamedly frank insight into one couple’s battle with anorexia and each other.

Isley Lynn is a playwright and poet, whose work has been produced and supported by National Theatre Studio, Nabokov, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Arcola, BAC and IdeasTap. This year she received Special Commendation from the inaugural Soho Young Writers Award. She recently graduated from the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.

—What others in the industry say about ‘Lean’

“Fresh… fascinating… boldly original” – Soho Theatre
“Unusual and striking” – Royal Court Theatre
“It tackles an important issue with sensitivity and dramatic power” – Paines Plough



Director: Chelsea Walker 

Chelsea works in new writing and is interested in collaborating with emerging playwrights to create bold, contemporary new work. She has directed new writing at the Bush, Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse, BAC, and on the Edinburgh Fringe. She has also assistant directed at the Arcola and Salisbury Playhouse, and trained with Living Pictures, CSSD and Oxford University.

Design: Holly Pigott

Holly is a theatre designer currently assisting at the RSC. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she was shortlisted as one of twelve finalists in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design and her work was exhibited at the National Theatre. She has designed for Trafalgar Studios 2, Gate Theatre, Arcola Tent and LAMDA’s Linbury Studio.

Lighting Design: Neill Brinkworth

Neill is a lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera. Design credits include work at the Arcola, Finborough, Trafalgar Studios, National Theatre, Albany Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Royal Opera North, Menier Chocolate Factory, and at Mountview and Guildhall Drama Schools.

Sound Design: Rob Donnelly-Jackson

Rob is a sound designer, operator and engineer, who has worked at the Olympics, Barbican, Tate Modern, Southwark Playhouse, Finborough, National Theatre and the Royal Court. He is a Senior Sound Technician at the National Theatre.



Believers Anonymous

Believers Anonymous

The un-divine comedy.

 by Cordelia Lynn

Directed By Holly Race Roughan


6th – 23rd June 2012  (7:30pm)

Sundays 6pm. (No performance on Mondays)

The Rosemary Branch Theatre

Strip Theatre presents the world premiere of a daring new comedy about addiction and faith. With religious tensions running high across the globe, Believers Anonymous explores what might happen if we simply got rid of it all? 

Religion is out. Atheism reigns. If you show signs of belief you will be forced to follow a twelve-step program to deal with your addiction. Prison, suicide, illegal rosary beads and custard creams, six Believers, and their counselor Joanne, meet every week in a derelict church in search of answers. Unfortunately for Joanne, Believers tend to have plans of their own…

Strip Theatre’s (Sunday Times Arden Entertainment Award) producer Zoë Robinson (Methuen Emerging Producer, 2011) collaborates with winning team Cordelia Lynn and Holly Race Roughan (After the War, winners of Bristol Drama Festival, 2011 – Judging Panel: Chair of BAFTA & Arts Editor of The Independent) for this brave new production.


Keisha Amponsa Banson
Nick Finegan
Christopher Laishley
Tamsin Topolski
Seda Yildiz
Alex Forward
Oliver Marsh
Oscar Jenkyn-Jones


Director: Holly Race Roughan
Set Design: Daisy Beattie
Assistant Director: Rachel Van Oss
Acting Support: Holly Mckinlay
Producer: Zoe Robinson
Assistant Producer: Freya Cox