Alex Ferns (Captain) in Laurie Slade's adaptation of The Father at Trafalgar Studios 2. Credit Simon Annand.

Current Show

August Strindberg’s
The Father

11 Mar – 11 Apr / Book Now

An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife, Laura. But, a disagreement over the future of their daughter, Bertha, triggers an all-out war.

Laura will stop at nothing to gain control of her daughter’s future. When she suggests to the Captain that he may not actually be the girl’s father, she sets a chain of events in motion that cannot be stopped.

This brand new take on the classic Strindberg tale comes to Trafalgar Studio’s 2 in March, for a strictly limited run. Starring Alex Fearns (Joyeux Noel, Making Waves) and June Watson, with direction from rising starAbbey Wright and revised text from Laurie Slade. It is a battle of the minds, but is it a battle either party can win?

★★★★ ‘Triumphantly revived’ – The Times

★★★★  ’An electric clash of the titans’ – The Stage

★★★★ ‘Alex Ferns delivers a show stopping performance’ – Official London Theatre

★★★★ ‘All hail Laurie Slade’s modern adaptation’ – Official Theatre

★★★★★ London Theatre Guide

‘Abbey Wright’s smart, swift and vigorous production’ – Time Out CRITIC’S CHOICE

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About Us

With a diverse artistic policy that includes new writing, original adaptations,and contemporary reappraisals of European classics, British and American drama, Jagged Fence have established a reputation for fresh, fearless and inventive theatre and artistic excellence. This year we launch two UK premieres, adapt three novels for stage and develop our outdoor Shakespeare Festival programme, collaborating with exciting creatives both in the UK and internationally, continuing to create bold, vibrant and innovative work.


Current & Upcoming Shows


The Father

THE FATHER by August Strindberg, in a new version by Laurie Slade.

Directed by Abbey Wright. Starring Alex Ferns and June Watson, with Thomas Coombes, Emily Dobbs and Barnaby Sax.

An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife, Laura.  But, a disagreement over the future of their daughter, Bertha, triggers an all-out war.Laura will stop at nothing to gain control of her daughter’s future.  When she suggests to the Captain that he may not actually be the girl’s father, she [...]


Memphis The Musical

Direct from its smash hit Broadway run and a triumphant 55-city North American tour, the multi award-winning musical MEMPHIS is set to be London’s hottest new destination!

In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first incredible sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel are emerging into the mainstream.

Falling in love with a beautiful club singer, one young man’s vision to bring her voice and her music out of the [...]


The Secret Scriptures


Ireland, 2008. Roseanne McNulty, is 100 years old. And long-time resident of the Roscommon mental hospital.  The decrepit Victorian institution is soon to be demolished, leaving its residents displaced in a starkly changed modern Ireland that has all but buried its violent origins. Prompted by the upheaval, Dr Grene, Roseanna’s psychiatrist, begins asking deeper questions about the reasons for her incarceration. Embarking on an exploration of Roseanne’s life he discovers secrets which are maybe left uncovered…

From the Booker nominated writer, [...]

Black Snow

By Mikhail Bulgakov – a satire.

When Maxadov’s bid to take his own life fails, he dramatises the novel whose failure provoked the suicide attempt. To the resentment of literary Moscow his play is accepted by the legendary independent theatre and Maxadov plunges into a vortex of inflated egos… with eacj rehearsal more sparks fly and the chacnes of the play being ready to perform recede …

Black snow is the ultimate backstage story and a brilliant satire by the author of Master [...]


The Visit from the Royal Physician

In a new adaptation.

King Christian VII is unhinged. Johann Struensee, a infamous Physician, is called for but whilst attending his patient he is thrown into contact with the Kings wife, Mathilde. Forbidden passions simmer and despite violent resistance a burning affair unfolds that neither the king or his people can bring down.

Sex, power and dangerous loyalties; a fascinating affair of state.

“Absolutely compelling, hovering brilliantly and most strangely between bald historical fact and poetic fiction…Yet though one knows how it will [...]


Past Productions


Uncle Vanya

As part of the ONE STAGE SEASON

A beautiful autumn day, rural England.

A respected professor returns to his farmland which has been managed without him for many years. He brings with him a new, beautiful, young wife. Their arrival turns the lives of the residents and his family upside down forcing everyone to re-examine their choices. Old wounds are reopened, passions are awakened and thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface, threatening the lives of everyone involved.

Re-uniting the team behind the critically acclaimed, sell-out successes of The Seagull and Three Sisters, award-winning writer Anya Reiss reimagines this tragicomic masterpiece in a stunning new version for the 21st century.


Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov
in a new version by Anya Reiss

“You won’t be here. Not in thirty years. You’ll have had a stroke, or I’ll have shot you. It’ll be one or the other.”

Three sisters. Three thousand miles from home. Overworked Olga, wild Masha and idealistic Irina dream of returning. Living in a world of deceit, desire and hard drinking it’s difficult but is there something else holding them back?

Reworked for the 21st century by Anya Reiss, (winner, Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards and Critics Circle Awards 2010) this searing new version of Chekhov’s most haunting masterpiece reunites the team behind 2012′s critically acclaimed, sell-out hit, The Seagull and is co-produced by the award winning producer of last year’s smash hit, Titanic.

Press for The Seagull -

‘Fresh, colloquial, sexy and downright perceptive.’ The Telegraph ✭✭✭✭

‘in a year of remarkable Chekhov revivals, this Seagull flies with the best’ The Guardian ✭✭✭✭

‘As emotionally honest and heartfelt a production as the author could have hoped’ The Times ✭✭✭✭

‘An unmissable occasion’ The Observer

Cornelius - J.B. Priestley - The Finborough - 14th August 2012Judy Evison - Emily BarberJim Cornelius - Alan CoxEric Shefford - Lewis HartMrs Roberts/Mrs Reade - Beverley KleinMiss Porrin - Annabel TophamYoung Woman - Xanthe PattersonMurrison - Ja


‘So all the time, while you were pretending to work, you’ve been having the most astonishing adventures in that corner?’

A forgotten masterpiece from one of Britain’s greatest dramatists, J.B. Priestley.

As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led…

Cornelius was first produced in association with Neil McPherson at Finborough Theatre as part of their 2012 rediscoveries season.



The Love Girl And The Innnocent

by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Nemov is a new arrival at the camp, sent straight from the army front line to take charge of the prisoners. Confronted with the systems hypocrisy, he is pushed to the limits. How long can he endure the barbarity and injustice of the camp; a system that thrives on power, corruption, and sexual amorality?

When Nemov meets Lyuba, one of the women prisoners – a “love girl”, he is tempted further, and forced to confront himself and how far he must betray his own moral and emotional loyalties.

Written by Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Love Girl and the Innocent is a gripping story about the struggle between sex, humanity and survival.


Dusa, Fish, Stas, & Vi

By Pam Gems

The first full professional production in more than 35 years.

“My loves, what are we to do? We won’t do as they want any more, and they hate it. What are we to do?”

Commemorating the centenary year of the death of suffragette martyr Emily Wilding Davison, the first full professional production in more than 35 years of Pam Gems’ feminist classic Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi.

Four determinedly ‘liberated’ – and very different – women ricochet around a tiny shared flat, while trying to pull together the shattered strands of their lives: Dusa is struggling to regain her children from their father, Fish is losing her lover to another woman, Stas is on the game to finance the course she wants to study at university, while Vi steadfastly refuses to eat….

A bitingly sardonic modern classic, widely regarded as an historic icon of early feminism, Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976 under the title Dead Fish, Michael Codron transferred the play to the West End under its new title where it enjoyed a huge success and established Pam Gems as a major new voice in British theatre.


The Seagull

“Writers over the lofty age of, say, 20, will find themselves watching this and weeping with envy…” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

“My jaw drops. This is the most accomplished debut from a young playwright I’ve ever had the pleasure to see” Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph


As You Like It

Young Rosalind has fallen in love with the beautiful Orlando. Persecuted by her uncle, she follows Orlando into the Forest of Arden, accompanied by her bosom buddy cousin Celia and a quaffed, rhinestone-wearing fool – Touchstone. Will she find true love and with all the cross-dressing going on, will she know it when she sees it?

This vibrant outdoor production of Shakespeare’s screwball romantic comedy is set in 1950s America.  Directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan, with a rock & roll accompaniment the exuberant drama weaves together live music and theatre in a stunning garden setting. Expect jiving jokers, ballad-singing beatniks and two converse-wearing cross-dressing cousins having the time of their lives.


Lizzie Finn

“Love always comes mysteriously girl, didn’t we know that?”

1892. Lizzie Finn is a celebrated dancer. Charmed by a soldier returning from the war, Lizzie becomes entangled in an intense and passionate affair.  Rich dialogue, humour and original music explore sexuality and sacrifice in this UK Premiere by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed playwrights.

Critics’ Circle Winner Blanche McIntyre directs Sebastian Barry’s witty, tender play about how we survive, how we love, and who we think we are.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream



Southwark Playhouse

“a surfeit of directorial invention”, ★★★★ Evening Standard



Riverside Studios

“Superb”, ★★★★ The Telegraph

★★★★ Whatsonstage


Love On The Dole

Finborough Theatre

“A blast of exuberance, creativity and passion. Made me feel proud to be a member of the human race. A magical experience…a joy”, Daisy Waugh, Sunday Times

“Essential viewing”, ★★★★ Evening Standard


The Hostage

Southwark Playhouse

“Hurtles along, bursting with blarney, comic patter and pungent detail. Big-hearted, blunt and deliciously unruly” Sam Marlowe, ★★★★ The Times

“Highly recommended” Dominic Cavendish, ★★★★ The Telegraph

★★★★ Independent


Stars In The Morning Skies

Riverside Studios

…devastating intensity….a deeply affecting night of theatre, made more so by the timeliness of this revival.”  Lucy Powell, Time Out

Time Out Critics’ Choice, ★★★★★ Time Out


Finborough Theatre

“really, really enjoyable evening.” Mark Ravenhill, Radio 3 Night Waves

Time Out Critics’ Choice ★★★★ Time Out

“Highly enjoyable.” Robert Shore, Time Out

Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down



The Father

Uncle Vanya

Three Sisters

Love Girl & The Innocent

Dusa Fish Stas & Vi

The Seagull

The Hostage

Lizzie Finn




The Seagull

★★★★ THE GUARDIAN “Remarkable” (Lyn Gardner)









As You Like It

★★★★ “Fantastic”

Lizzie Finn

★★★★ THE GUARDIAN “an eloquent, quietly touching play… beautifully written… impeccable performances from Shereen Martin as Lizzie, Justin Avoth as the rebellious Robert, Penelope Beaumont as his mother and Andrew Jarvis as her gardener… Not a noisy play, but one of extraordinary elegiac power” (Michael Billington)

★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH ”simple, effective and full of humour”

★★★★ THE TIMES “Blanche McIntyre directs with flair and elegance”







★★★★ TimeOut Critics Choice “Striking fringe gold again, rising directorial star Blanche McIntyre manages to make Weston-super-Mare seem positively alluring”

Midsummer Nights Dream

★★★★ “exceptional”


★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH “superb”






Love On The Dole

★★★★ EVENING STANDARD “Essential viewing”


★★★★ British Theatre Reviews


★★★★ London Theatre

The Hostage

★★★★ THE TIMES “Big-hearted, blunt and deliciously unruly.”

★★★★ THE Telegraph




★★★★ British Theatre Reviews

Stars In The Morning Skies



★★★★★ TIME OUT CRITICS CHOICE “Brilliantly executed”

Can’t Stand up for Falling Down

★★★★ Evening Standard “Deeply Harrowing”




We an aim to implement a change within theatre, whereby all people are given an opportunity to achieve, nurturing and developing young people”s potential. We not only deliver quality performance arts training but ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building life skills and confidence while having a lot of fun and meeting new friends.

Every student from aged 4-18 years participates in each of the three musical theatre disciplines – Drama, Dance and Singing. Each 3 hour session for 6-18 year old is split into three 1-hour classes, where young people get the chance to learn each skill in small class sizes of similar ages. Children aged 4-6 years are introduced to Early Classes which run for a shorter period of 90 minutes, split into three 30 minute sessions in dance, drama and singing. As we keep class sizes small (15 maximum) we are able to nurture young raw talent alongside encouraging and inspiring those who might need additional confidence building.

For more information please email us at education@jaggedfence.co.uk


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All donations are gratefully received!

Jagged Fence are a developing company and can only continue to produce bold and inspiring work because of generous support from its funders and friends and guardians.

If you would like to support Jagged Fence and make a donation, you can select one of the donation packages from below.


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• Annual backstage tour invitations for you and a friend
• Special events such as meet-the-cast sessions

Soul Mate: £500/yr

All the benefits of a Good Friend Membership plus:
• Access to house seats (when available)
• Invitation to an annual Soul Mates event for you and a guest
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Soul Mate: £1500/yr

All the benefits of a Good Friend Membership plus:
• Annual Artistic Director’s Dinner invitation for two
• A double invitation to Opening Night events
• Direct booking line through the Development Team
• Acknowledgment on donor board and annual review

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We will create a bespoke relationship with you, providing exclusive access to whatever aspect of our work interests you.

As well as previous benefits, this might include:
• Lunch with a Director, Artistic Director or Chairman
• Invitation to attend special preview showings or a behind-the-scenes event
• Invitations to UK and overseas trips led by the Development Department


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