The London première of Smoke by Kim Davies will open at Southwark Playhouse in February 2023.
Meaghan Martin (Never Not Once and The Actor’s Nightmare, both at Park Theatre) and Oli Higginson (Christmas Carol The Old Vic; The Last Five Years Southwark Playhouse, Garrick Theatre) are set to star in this gripping modern adaptation of Miss Julie, set in a pre-‘Me Too’ New York at a BDSM party.
Smoke asks audiences to question their pre-conceived conceptions around BDSM communities. With a series of Q&As involving sex positive activists, and BDSM advocates, this production aims to tackle notable prejudices such as ‘kink shaming’.
Kim Davies said today: “I couldn’t be more honoured that such a talented group of artists has been assembled for the London premiere of this play. It means so much to me that this play continues to speak to audiences almost a decade after I wrote it—and perhaps all the more so in a culture that has now more fully reckoned with the #metoo movement and sexual abuse in both mainstream and kink culture.”
The play is co-directed by Júlia Levai and Polina Kalinina with production design by Sami Dental, sound design by Jamie Lu, lighting design by Rajiv Pattani, graphic design by Justin Williams and intimacy director Asha Jennings-Grant.
Smoke originally premièred at The Flea Theatre, New York, in 2014, where it was critics pick in The New York Times and Time Out New York.
Smoke runs from 1 – 25 February 2023 at Southwark Playhouse London with a press performance on 3 February.