This Might Not Be It

Written by Sophia Chetin-Leuner
Broccoli Arts and Jessie Anand Productions in association with Bush Theatre
World Premiere

A candid and unflinchingly human look at NHS mental health services.

Extended due to popular demand until 7 Mar. Tickets are now sold out – email [email protected] to join the waiting list.

★★★★ “Startlingly vivid” The Stage
★★★★ “The beauty of this piece is that it speaks in a universal language” The Times
★★★★ “Chetin-Leuner is a gifted writer. One to watch” Broadway World


‘You care a lot, that’s nice. It shows your age.’

Jay’s new. He’s just started as a temp at an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service office. He arrives with little more than a fledgling desk plant and well-meaning plans to change the broken system.

Angela’s seen it all. She’s been working in this building for over 30 years and nothing seems to faze her – except perhaps this eager new hire who seems determined to challenge her at every turn.

Exhausted by archaic protocol, Jay starts to bend the rules to breaking point in a desperate attempt to help their patients. Trust is shattered, professional boundaries are crossed and Jay discovers the reality of what is truly at stake.

This Might Not Be It unflinchingly confronts the hard truths of our crumbling NHS mental health services. This candid portrayal of human lives at the mercy of the system is written by former Bush Emerging Writers’ Group member Sophia Chetin-Leuner and directed by Ed Madden (Octopolis). Produced by Broccoli Arts (Salty Irina) and Jessie Anand Productions (Orlando).

SHORTLISTED The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020
LONGLISTED Verity Bargate Award 2020


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Dolly Webb
Dolly Webb plays Beth. She trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is an Open Door Alumni. Most recently she has finished filming a pilot called The Business of Delusion and has been part of several independent short films. In 2022 Dolly was accepted onto the 'Introduction to Playwriting' course at the Royal Court. Dolly will be making her professional debut at the Bush Theatre.
Debra Baker
Debra Baker will play Angela. Her TV credits include Supacell (Netflix), It's A Sin (Ch4), King Gary (BBC), The Emily Atack Show (ITV), Holby City (BBC1), Home (Ch4), Coronation Street (ITV1), Call the Midwife (BBC1), Doctors (BBC1), Sliced (UKTV), Close to the Enemy (BBC1), The Five (Sky1), and Phoneshop (Ch4). On film she has appeared in Re-Awakening, Body of Water, London Road, Lie Low and Night Bus. Theatre credits include Orlando (Garrick Theatre, West End), Glacier (Old Fire Station), SAD (Omnibus Theatre, Clapham), The Witchfinder's Sister (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch), Big Guns (Yard Theatre), Home Theatre (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Radiant Vermin (Soho Theatre & New York). Debra has also worked in the BBC Radio Drama Company for Radio 4.
Denzel Baidoo
Denzel Baidoo will play Jay. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is currently playing ‘Bukayo Saka’ in the West End transfer of the National Theatre’s Dear England. His film credits include The Last Swim, Restless. TV credits include Suspicion (Apple TV), Kirkmoore (BBC Three), Screw and Consent (both Channel 4), as well as short films Gates (NFTS) and Reflection (BFI). He made his stage debut in The Nutcracker at Bristol Old Vic.

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