Kate Bowen's

Close Quarters

Kate Bowen

Emily Aboud

The Carne Studio Theatre

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Thursday 9 February at 7:30pm
Saturday 11 February at 7:30pm*
Monday 13 February at 2pm
Tuesday 14 February at 7:30pm
Wednesday 15 February at 2pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours plus an interval.

*This was a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

Stationed on the tense border between Estonia and Russia, Cormack, Findlay and Davies are the first generation of women to ever serve in the British infantry. They've aced physical tests only five per cent of female soldiers can pass – they've been trained to shoot, fight and kill. But everyone around them questions whether they should even be allowed to serve. And now they're about to be tested to their limits.

Kate Bowen's taut, funny and powerful play follows three pioneering young women in the world's most dangerous workplace. 

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

The company would like to thank St Benedict's School, Ealing, for their kind loan of CCF equipment.

Kate Bowen is a Glasgow-based writer and producer working in theatre and television.

Her play Close Quarters premiered at Sheffield Theatres in 2018 in a co-production with Out of Joint (later known as Stockroom). It was named by The Observer as one of their top ten theatre productions of that year. 

She was a 2012 recipient of the annual New Playwrights Award (Playwright's Studio Scotland) and participant in the 2013 Traverse 50 programme at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. She was awarded a place on the Channel 4 Playwrights' Scheme in 2016, a Starter for Ten residency from the National Theatre of Scotland in 2017 and to be part of the BBC Writersroom Scotland's first Drama Writers Group in 2018.

Her short plays have been performed at The Traverse Theatre (The Prize Fighter, audio play) Glasgow's Play, Pie and a Pint (The Lawyers) and on STV (Super Sunday, a Five Minute Theatre piece for National Theatre of Scotland).

Emily Aboud is a theatre director, a film director and a writer of mixed heritage, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, based in London. 

She won the Evening Standard Future Theatre Award in 2021. She is an Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre and Artistic Director of Lagahoo Productions. 

She was shortlisted for the JMK Award in 2021. She was also shortlisted for the Genesis Future Directors Award and the Old Vic 12 in 2020.​

Her directing credits include SPLINTERED, (also writer Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Soho Theatre 2022), Pink Lemonade (Bush Theatre 2021, Edinburgh Fringe 2019), The Fairytale Revolution (Theatre503), British Book (Roundhouse 2021), BOGEYMAN (CPT, 2021), Exceptional Promise (Bush Theatre), Salty Irina (Ovalhouse), What We Talk About when We (Don't) Talk about Race (Theatre503), Hopes, Dreams or Goldfish (Bunker Theatre) among others.

She has worked with The Gate Theatre, The Bush Theatre, The Hampstead Theatre and Theatre503. She has worked internationally, directing and assistant directing pieces in Trinidad & Tobago as well as throughout the UK.

A teacher and facilitator, she has led workshops for Talawa, GRAEAE and the Bush Theatre. She has also directed drama school productions at Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA South and Italia Conti.

She also works as a writer and columnist for the Trinidad Guardian, writing feminist articles under the pseudonym, lagahoo.

She also performs regularly as a drag king, TriniDad & TooGayThough across the UK and Trinidad & Tobago. Performing in The Yard, VFD, The Glory and EartH Hackney as a finalist for the Man Up competition, the largest drag king competition in Europe

Explores challenging topics and themes including war, gender, sexism, death and misogyny, with strong language, sexual references, use of replica firearms, sudden loud noises, and use of blood.

Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Emily Aboud*

Nicky Bunch*

Musical Director
Luke Byrne*

Assistant Director
Martha Barnett

Voice Director
Gurkiran Kaur*

Movement Director
Jackie Kibuka*

Lighting Designer
Avery Elliott

Sound Designer / Production Sound Engineer
Poppy Morley

Fight Director
Yarit Dor*

Costume Supervisor
Niamh Turton*

Costume Assistant
Tabitha Stock*


Captain Anna Sands
Tilly Botsford

Private Clare Davies
Laura Brady

Private Sarah Findlay 
Marion Githegi

Sergeant John Adeyemi
André Larnyoh

Private Alison Cormack 
Laura Prendergast

Corporal Brian Armstrong
Shannon Smith 

Production Team

Stage Manager
Kit Fowler

Deputy Stage Manager
Sophia Markou

Technical Stage Manager
Ghoti Fisher

Production Manager
Stephanie Leeson

Chief LX
Summer Collier

Photos: SRTaylor Photography