The Cord

Written and directed by Bijan Sheibani
A Bush Theatre Production
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Until 25 May
World Premiere

Lifting the roof off one family’s home, The Cord lays bare fractures in their relationships they’ve long tried to hide.

The ★★★★ “exquisite, acutely observed and often searingly familiar” (WhatsOnStage) new play from Olivier award-winning writer and director Bijan Sheibani (Netflix’s One Day).

“Sometimes when I look at him, I feel like he’s me.
But if the baby is me, then who am I? You?”

Ash and Anya were happy, just the two of them. Then the baby came.

Ash has spent the first two weeks of his son’s life trying to work out where he fits. He watches his mother holding her grandchild for the first time, mesmerised by the mystery and delight of a new life. After she leaves, Ash watches Anya feeding their son – so close, almost intertwined.

As sleepless nights, relentless crying and hushed arguments take their toll, a storm starts to grow as a nightmarish chasm widens between Ash and his wife, his mother, and even his son.

The Cord is a brutally honest insight into the challenging truths of family dynamics. This astonishing world premiere production sees writer and director Bijan Sheibani (Till The Stars Come Down, National) reunite with the creative team behind his hit debut play, The Arrival.

★★★★★ ‘A fascinating exploration’ LondonBoxOffice
★★★★★ ‘ A powerful realist drama about the unshakeable bond of motherhood and the tests of being a new parent’ BroadwayBaby
★★★★ ‘Both universal and deeply personal’ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ ‘Packs a punch. Brimming with poignancy about the surreal world of new parenthood’ The Indiependent
★★★★ ‘Painstakingly truthful, exquisitely crafted.’ Matinee Mouse
‘Powerfully intimate, sensitive and intelligent’
Time Out

We are proud to be partnering with Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP), who support women and families affected by postpartum psychosis over their lifetime. Check out their Bush Green post for more info.

Looking for show information and content guidance?
The Cord Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings

Times & Prices



20 May - 25 MayFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15

Wednesday Matinees

22 MayFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £27.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £25
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15

Saturday Matinees

25 MayFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15
Running time approx 1 hours 20 minutes

Performed in

HOLLOWAY THEATRE (Bush Theatre's main space)

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Age Guidance


Content Warnings

See the Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings for more information.

Access details

Relaxed & Sensory Adapted Performances

Saturday 27th April at 2:30pm & Thursday 16th May at 7:30pm

Captioned Performances

Thursday 2nd May at 7:30pm & Saturday 11th May at 2:30pm

Audio Described

Saturday 4th May at 2:30pm & Thursday 9th May at 7:30pm

Touch Tours

Saturday 4th May at 1:30pm & Thursday 9th May at 6:30pm

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Lucy Black
Lucy Black trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her work in theatre includes, Till The Stars Come Down, Top Girls3 Winters and Children of the Sun for the National Theatre; Linck and MülhahnThe Memory of WaterThe Haystack and Drawing the Line at Hampstead; Faith, Hope and Charity for A Zeldin Company; The York Realist at the Donmar; Strife at Chichester; A Taste of Honey at the Lyceum, Edinburgh; Epsom Downs at Salisbury Playhouse; The Only True History of Lizzie Fynn at Southwark Playhouse; Cause Célèbre at the Old Vic; Coram Boy and How the Other Half Loves at Bristol Old Vic; The MisanthropeAntony and CleopatraTitus AndronicusThe Three SistersMuch Ado About NothingOthelloLove’s Labour’s LostTwelfth NightMeasure for MeasureKing Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory; Mary Barton and Three Sisters at the Royal Exchange; and One Minute at the Bush. TV includes The Long ShadowBetterMaternalInnocentEndeavourSilent WitnessGentleman JackThe DurrellsJericho and Call the Midwife.
Irfan Shamji
On stage, Irfan most recently played the leading roles in Sons of Prophet at Hampstead Theatre and Chasing Hares at the Young Vic. His other theatre credits include: Hamlet and Metamorphoses, both at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Bijan Sheibani’s The Arrival, One for Sorrow at the Royal Court, Dance Nation at the Almeida and Joe White’s Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre, for which he was award Equity’s Clarence Darwent Award. On television, Irfan will soon be seen in Disney+’s Shardlake and in the third series of BBC’s Industry. His other television credits include: ITV’s The Walk-In with Stephen Graham; The Ipcress file for ITV with Tom Hollander; Informer for the BBC; and Netflix’s The Dark Crystal. Irfan trained at RADA, where he was selected by Kenneth Branagh to play ‘Laertes’ opposite Tom Hiddleston’s Hamlet. He has worked with Branagh since on Murder on the Orient Express.
Eileen O’Higgins
One of Variety’s 10 Brits to Watch, Eileen O’Higgins can be seen in the EPIX series Billy The Kid, opposite Tom Blyth. Previous credits include the Netflix series The Irregulars, Nowhere Special opposite James Norton and Stacey Gregg’s Here Before opposite Andrea Riseborough which premiered at SXSW. She stars in feature film Misbehavior, alongside Kiera Knightley and Keeley Hawes. Eileen can also be seen opposite Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in Focus Features’ Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke and opposite Antonio Banderas in National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso. Eileen also starred in the BAFTA-winning and Academy Award nominated Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley. Other television credits include My Mother and Other Strangers (PBS/BBC) and Emma (BBC) directed by Jim O’Hanlon.


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