Kellie Smith's


Kellie Smith

Michael Oakley

The Carne Studio Theatre

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Wednesday 1 June at 7:45pm
Monday 6 June at 7:45pm
Tuesday 7 June at 2:15pm
Tuesday 7 June at 7:45pm*
Wednesday 8 June at 7:45pm

* This performance will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

The running time is approximately 2 hours plus an interval.

About the show

Having both been deeply scarred by their own parents' separations, Joe and Anne never imagined they'd find themselves, years later, in the same position. Determined to place the interests of their son Alistair at the centre of their lives apart, they split with the firm objective of maintaining amicable relations at all costs.

But a sudden change in circumstance triggers a chain of events that pushes their best intentions to the limit… Before they know it, they are both teetering dangerously close to the edge of an abyss.

Kellie Smith's play Wilderness is a searing exploration of unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands. 

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Kellie Smith is a Liverpool based screenwriter and playwright. She is currently writing on the new series of Waterloo Road and has written on continuing dramas Casualty and Holby City. Kellie has several TV projects in development and is working with Sky Studios on her latest commission. Her film The Big Day won BIFA’s ‘Best Short Film’ award and she received an RTS ‘Best Screenwriter’ nomination for the film To Know Him

Kellie’s has had plays on at Hampstead Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and the Royal Exchange Theatre. She has written several plays for BBC Radio Four.

Recent directing credits include: Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s The Invisible (Bush Theatre); The Life and Times Of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic Theatre); As You Like It (OSC & Wilderness Festival); Variation on a Theme (Finborough Theatre). 

In 2012, Michael was Co-Artistic Director of Theatre on the Fly - a pop-up venue, designed by Turner Award winning Architects Assemble, at Chichester Festival Theatre - where he directed a production of April De Angelis’ Playhouse Creatures. Prior to this, Michael was Trainee Director in Residence at Chichester and a recipient of the prestigious JMK Award for young directors. In addition to working alongside Trevor Nunn, he has been associate director to Jonathan Kent, Richard Eyre, Adrian Noble and Jonathan Church.

Contains adult themes, self-harm/suicide, and exploration of family separation. Features some sexual content. Use of haze and flickering of light (Not strobe lighting).


General booking opens on Wednesday 11 May.

Please book below. Once you have booked a ticket, you will receive an email confirmation. Read up on our latest audience guidelines here.

Industry priority booking will open on Monday 9 May.

If you are a member of the industry, please book complimentary in-person tickets by emailing the Box Office on [email protected]

We now offer interval drinks from our in-house bar, The Pear Tree. Please place your order with them upon arrival and your drinks will be ready to be collected during the interval.

Pricing and concessions 

Tickets cost £14, but we have £7 concessions tickets available to Hammersmith & Fulham residents, schools, students, or people who are over 65, under 18 or are on Job Seeker's Allowance. You'll just need to provide proof of your eligibility when you collect your tickets at the Box Office. We offer a complimentary ticket for carers, to book please call the box office on 020 8834 0500. If you belong to our Pathways Programme or work with any of our Pathways Partners you are entitled to complimentary tickets. Please contact the box office to book.


If you have any additional requirements, you would like us to be aware of, please contact box office on 020 8834 0500. 

Booking your tickets 

Book your tickets online or by calling our box office on 020 8834 0500. 

Industry booking 

If you're a member of the industry, please email [email protected] to book your tickets. 

Ticket collection for in-person tickets

There is no need to collect tickets. You will be ticked off an attendance list on arrival. 


Unfortunately, all tickets are non-refundable.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Michael Oakley*

Assistant Director
Madison Gerringer

Frankie Gerrard*

Lighting Designer
Lucas Harle

Sound Designer
Rebecca Harris

Movement Director
Mandy Demetriou*


Kate Barrington 

Policeman / Cafcass Officer
Alexandre Costet-Barmada 

Shona Hart 

Lara Levy 

Peter / Alan
Francis Nunnery 

Anthony Nyro 

Production Team

Stage Manager on the Book
Brent Tan

Technical Stage Manager
Chloe Alexander

Production Manager
Raveena Ambani

Chief LX
Calum Priestley

Deputy Chief / Programmer
Michael Fleming

Production Sound Engineer
Megan Bishop

Production Carpenter
Sophia Markou

Deputy Production Carpenter
Olivia Dunne