Zinnie Harris'

How to Hold Your Breath

Zinnie Harris

Blythe Stewart

The Carne Studio Theatre

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Saturday 14 October, 7:30pm
Monday 16 October, 2pm
Tuesday 17 October, 7:30pm
Wednesday 18 October, 2pm
Thursday 19 October, 7:30pm

The running time is 2 hours 10 minutes. This production will include an interval.

About the show

Because we live in Europe. Because nothing really bad happens. The worst is a bit of an inconvenience. Perhaps not such a good mini break. But really in the grand scheme of life, not so bad.

Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, this dark, witty and magical play by Zinnie Harris dives into our recent European history.

A freelance director, dramaturg and script reader based in London, Blythe believes in work that is subversive, sophisticated, frank and joyful. Her experience includes staging world premieres and developing the unique ideas and the new writing of the UK's most exciting artists.

Zinnie Harris is a multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and theatre director. She first came to prominence in 2000 with her early play Further Than The Furthest Thing (Tron Theatre/ Royal National Theatre) which won the Peggy Ramsay Playwriting Award, the John Whiting Award and a Fringe First Award and has now been translated and performed all over the world. Her recent plays include The Duchess (of Malfi) (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizens Theatre), Meet Me At Dawn, (Traverse Theatre / Edinburgh International Festival), This Restless House (Citizens Theatre / National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival), winner of Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016, and shortlisted for Susan Smith Blackburn Award and UK Theatre Awards Best New Play; and How To Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre), winner of the Berwin Lee Award 2015. Her adaptations for the stage include Rhinoceros (Edinburgh International Festival), A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse), Master Builder (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Miss Julie (National Theatre of Scotland). Her screen writing includes two 90 minute dramas for Channel 4 (Richard Is My Boyfriend and Born With Two Mothers), and episodes for the BBC1 Drama Spooks. She was lead writer and Series Creator for the BBC1 Agatha Christie adaption, Partners In Crime. As a theatre director she has directed numerous main stage productions for the RSC, the Traverse Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre, and the Tron theatre. She won Best Director for the Cats 2017, for her direction of Caryl Churchill’s A Number at the Lyceum Theatre, and recently directed The Duchess (of Malfi) to much acclaim at the Citizens Theatre / Lyceum Theatre. She is an Associate Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre and Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting at the University of St Andrews.

Contains strong language, depictions of miscarriage, descriptions and depictions of abstracted sex and sexual assault, physical abuse, and use of blood.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Blythe Stewart*

Lighting Designer
Ciara Brady

Sound Designer
Abhinav Mishra

Voice Director
Françoise Walot*

Movement Director & Intimacy Director
Adi Gortler*

Fight Director
Sam Behan*

Costume Supervisor
Caitlyn Keaney*


Henry-Hilson Agbangbe 

Clara / Doctor / Interviewer 
Ryn Alleyne 

Molly Bryson 

Marta / Telephone Operator / Interviewer 
Crystal Marshall 

Geri McNamara 

Harry Pritchard 

Train Inspector / Punter / Interviewer
Wesley Ruthven ​​​​​​ 

Production Team

Stage Manager
Elisabetta Perrotta

Deputy Stage Manager
Ghoti Fisher

Production Manager
Jasmin Meara-Wall

Production Electrician
Ronan McKenna

Deputy Chief / Programmer
Aidan Gibson

Production Sound Engineer
Ash Orhan-Pennell

Production Carpenter
Chloe Alexander

Deputy Production Carpenters
Simon Fleming
Peter Johnston

Set Seamster
Cameron O’Loan*