New Theatre: A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates

Honk if you are glad theatre is back!  

Givng the London Fringe a jump start after the pandemic is Golden Goose Theatre in association with Stepping Out Theatre presents: A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates.

Charlie has just turned 18. Whilst most would be out enjoying their newlyfound adult liberties, Charlie is stuck in a white room with a bed without sheets, a window that doesn’t open, and a rat. She has to adapt fast to this new, sterile world of the adult psychiatric unit if she is to convince anyone that she is well enough to go home to her waiting mum, Vicky. Under the care her over-worked and under-trained key worker Jenny, she learns quickly that she is pretty much on her own. Until Kim turns up.

This electric new play shines a piercing light into the gaping structural holes of our mental health system, questioning how we as individuals care for one another when our institutions fail us.

Chloe Yates wrote her first play aged 17, for the National Theatre’s New Views Competition. Her play was longlisted, and she has since had short plays produced at Theatre 503, Chiswick Playhouse and Theatre Deli. Her debut full-length play ‘Mental’ had a sold-out run at the OSO Arts Centre and transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Her second play ‘A Rat, A Rat,’ was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

Stepping Out Theatre was founded in 1997, and with 88 productions to their credit, are the country’s leading mental health theatre company working with theatre professionals and mental health service users to bring compelling human stories alive on stage. After moving all their work online throughout the pandemic, ‘A Rat! A Rat! is their first post – lockdown physical production following on from four online productions over the last 10 months.

The Golden Goose is a new 80-seat performance venue and creative space in the heart of Camberwell, London. Founded by writer/director Michael Kingsbury and led by Artistic Director Georgia Leanne Harris, the theatre will produce and programme new work. A core part of their philosophy is to foster local engagement to involve local people in all aspects of theatre making, with a particular emphasis on drama classes and creative workshops for local teenagers. The Golden Goose Theatre is a seven-minute walk from Oval tube and well served by buses and boasts a flexible 29 metre stage, high ceilings and a dedicated theatre bar.


The Golden Goose Theatre, Camberwell, London,

A Rat, A Rat
by Chloe Yates
Director Georgia Leanne Harris
10th – 28th August 2021 (Tues – Sat 7:30pm)
Tickets £15 (£12 concessions)
Golden Goose Theatre
146 Camberwell New Road

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