'A...very bright jewel of a play' The Stage, ****Independent, **** Financial Times Wed 10 Mar - Sat 10 Apr, 2010

Strawberry Vale Productions in association with Western Edge Plays and the Bush Theatre present

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Rose believes in true love and leprechauns. Her flatmate Cassie is engaged in a fervent struggle against patriarchal oppression.

Across London, Mark believes in the power of marketing. His flatmate Tim Muffin is engaged in a fervent struggle to get out of bed in the morning.

When circumstance throws them together, all four have their beliefs tested to devastating effect in a biting black comedy about trying to connect in a city where Gumtree can sometimes feel like your closest friend.

*Age rating 15+. Please be advised, this play contains scenes of a sexually explicit nature, real cigarettes and strobe lighting. Please call the Box Office for more information

Post-show Events:

We've also lined up some special FREE post-show events on the following dates:

23rd March - Feminist Panel Discussion
Responding to some of the issues raised in Eigengrau, a panel of women including Kat Banyard (author of The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women and Men Today) and Tessa Walker (Paines Plough's Literary Director) will be discussing feminism in the modern day.

29th March - Response Plays
A selection of talented new playwrights (including Andrew Keatley, E V Crowe, Paula B Stanic and Tom Wells) have each written a short play in response to Eigengrau. They will be performed on the Bush stage following the performance.

Direction by: Hannah Dickinson, Ant Stones, Tim Hoare & Ed Viney.

Events will take place at the end of the show and run for 30-40 minutes. Open to all Eigengrau ticket holders. Subject to availability


What the papers say

Read more reviews


4 Stars, Whats on Stage

'...an hysterically funny perspective on 21st-century relationships.'

Jo Caird

4 Stars, The Independent

'A finely focused four-hander, the play unfolds, in the main, as a series of duologues. The acuity of the authorial observation is enhanced by Polly Findlay's sharp traverse-staging which places the couples in a narrow, confrontation-promoting strip of ground between the looming banks of audience.'

Paul Taylor


Writer - Penelope Skinner
Direction - Polly Findlay
Design - Hannah Clark
Lighting - Matthew Pitman
Sound - Rich Walsh


cast includes

John Cummins
Alison O'Donnell
Sinead Matthews
Geoffrey Streatfeild



Dates - 10 March 2010 - 10 April 2010
Mon-Sat - 7.30pm
Saturday Matinees - 20, 27 March, 3, 10 April 2.30pm (£13)
Previews - 10 - 13 March 7.30pm (£13 (£9 concs))
Press Night - 15 March 7pm
Audio Described Performance - 23 March 7.30pm
Captioned Performance - 24 March 7.30pm
Prices - £15 (£13 concs)