Screwed is a gripping and hilarious portrait of a dysfunctional friendship... This powerful debut play is written by Kathryn O’Reilly

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On 18th Jul 2016 we successfully raised £40 with 3 supporters in 28 days

Ticking time-bombs Luce and Charlene are 30-something binge-drinking soul mates.They clock in after heavy a night out on the tiles, popping caffeine pills and downingminiatures on the factory floor, boasting about last night’s sexual conquests. When you're living for today it's hard to think about tomorrow.

“Screwed is a savage, tender exploration of the emotional brutalisation of poverty.”

Simon Stephens

Screwed is a lyrical and powerful first play from writer and actress Kathryn O’Reilly, directed by Sarah Meadows, produced by Maeve O’Neill, premiering at Theatre503, 28th June - 23rd July Book Tickets 

Help us mount of the premier of Screwed, an explosive, lyrical black comedy!

With a cast of 4 and a talented creative team, we are fundraising to support weeks rehearsal and a 4 week run at Theatre503 with accompanying Q&A session and panel discussion and workshops for schools, colleges, universities, and community groups. 

Support this original and compelling, new play written by Kathryn O'Reilly. Working with a professional team of lighting, music and set designers and our talented cast every pound you give will go 100% directly to creating a fantastic production.

Who's involved? 

Written by Kathryn O'Reilly

Directed by Sarah Meadows

Lighting Design by Jamie Platt

Design by Catherine Morgan

Composer Benedict Taylor

Dramaturgy by Neil Grutchfield

Assistant Director Montana Plantier

Educationalist Tas Emiabata

Stage Manager Polly Heinkel

Produced by KOR Productions & Maeve O'Neill

Funded by the Arts Council England & The Richard Carne Trust with support from Out of Joint.


Derek Elroy - Doris

Eloise Joseph - Luce

Stephen Myott-Meadows - Paulo

Samanatha Robinson - Charlene


Screwed developed with readings and support from Out of Joint, Ovalhouse, Pleasance Islington, Theatre Delicatessen and The Production Exchange. It is ready to be staged, seen and enjoyed by you! Help us realise our vision for this play!

Come see the show, donate what you can and be a part of this project with us. Support Screwed coming to life on the London stage of Theatre503 June 28 – July 25 this Summer!

Thank you for helping!

Kathryn, Maeve & Sarah


How will your contribution be used:

Our target is £1,000 which will help cover the costs of making the set, purchasing costumes, printing flyers and work with a photographer. We can make every pound count and your donation will enable us to reach our aims of staging a moving, new production that tackles important social issues.

We really want to reach as many people as we can with this show. To help address some of the issues raised in this play with young people, Tas Emiabta has designed workshops to run alongside the main production. Using creative writing techniques, games and exercises, these workshops will be extended to local schools and will give participants the opportunity to explore the themes of the play in relationship to their own lives.


Other ways you can help:

Materials – Donations of metal hosing pipes / scaffolding would be most useful! (check with Sarah / Catherine what materials would be useful


Follow us on our journey and join in with #SCREWEDPLAY Twitter: @Screwedanewplay



The story behind SCREWED:

Screwed has been on an incredible journey since 2009 to this day.

Screwed was born from a three part poem ‘Hunt the man, find the man, kill the man’ written for Eloise Joseph and Kathryn O’Reilly who performed the piece at various charity and poetry events including ‘Lyric Lounge’ at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in 2010.

Feedback from this event prompted Kathryn to develop the two characters, which turned into a stage play called Screwed. Ramin Gray and ATC invited Kathryn to perform a 30 minute work in progress at Arcola Theater as part of ‘Side Orders’.  In 2011 Kathryn developed the piece with support from Ovalhouse and Max Stafford-Clark. The transgender character of Doris Luce’s parent was created and a reading at Pleasance Islington happened in 2012. Kathryn began working with dramaturg Neil Grutchfield and Tas Emiabata came on board to compose music for the play and Theatre Delicatessen supported development in 2014.

Last year Sarah Meadows came on board to direct a staged reading produced with support from The Production Exchange and Out Of Joint. Maeve O'Neill saw this reading, joined the team and together with Kathryn and Sarah is helping bring this project to life. Now, the opportunity is here for you to support this play.

‘Well, fellow ladettes, you can't say they didn’t warn us. Back in the 1990s, when we were all drinking ourselves into the gutter, experts said it was a ticking timebomb.’‘And twenty years on, we’re not challenging the powerful alcohol lobby, we’re not challenging lad culture, and we’re not challenging the idea that women are merely an immature version of men, requiring control and admonishment whenever they venture into adult space. I hate to say it, but such a trio of failures is enough to turn any person to drink.’

Glosswitch (New Statesman July 2013)

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