Smoke - Southwark Playhouse

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Southwark Playhouse Borough, London

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The London premiere of Kim Davie’s compelling play Smoke

Smoke is a piercingly witty and sometimes painful exploration of gender, sexuality and desire.

Meaghan Martin (Never Not Once, Camp Rock) and Oli Higginson (The Last Five Years, Bridgerton) 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, and originally premièred in New York 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.

What is the story of Smoke?

The story takes place in a pre-Me Too New York City at a BDSM party. Julie is a privileged college dropout dipping her toes into the world of S&M. John is a cynical struggling artist willing to act as her guide. Their whirlwind encounter starts as a sexually charged game of cat and mouse. As they get to know each other, these seemingly self-possessed characters have their boundaries and notions of consent challenged. The consequences are irreparable and unsettling.

Who is in the cast of Smoke?

Smoke stars Meaghan Martin (Never Not Once,The Actor’s Nightmare, Camp Rock) as Julie and Oli Higginson (Bridgerton, Christmas Carol, The Last Five Years) as John.

Who are the creators of Smoke?

Smoke is written by Kim Davies, and directed by Júlia Levai and Polina Kalinina.

Production design is by Sami Dental, sound design by Jamie Lu, lighting design by Rajiv Pattani, graphic design by Justin Williams and intimacy director Asha Jennings-Grant.


Show Information

Age restrictions
16+
Running time
70 minutes
Performance dates
1 February 2023 - 25 February 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Tuesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Important Notes

Show contains smoking and haze, sexually explicit language, adult themes, discussion and portrayal of sexual violence involving knives.


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Southwark Playhouse Borough, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest Tube or Train: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 35, 40, 133, 136, 333, 343, C10, N35, N133, N343
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Kim Davies’ Smoke gets London premiere at Southwark Playhouse
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. Book Smoke tickets at the Southwark Playhouse in London

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