Smoke - Southwark Playhouse

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Southwark Playhouse Borough, London
Booking to 25 February 2023
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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.

What's 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 creative team 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

Performance dates
Booking to 25 February 2023
Age restrictions
Running time
70 minutes
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.

Venue Information

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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