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written by Kathryn O'Reilly

Soho Theatre - 2019

directed by Jelena Budimir

Dramaturg Neil Grutchfield

Cast Maggie Steed, Joanna Bacon, Linda Clark, Barbara Pierson

Producers Kathryn O'Reilly & RUA Arts

Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by Clean Break & Out of Joint

Photography Robert Workman



short play written by Kathryn O'Reilly

Bush Theatre

Rikki Beadle-Balir's Team Angelica Boom! Festival

directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair

Cast: Kathry O'Reilly, Jacqui-Lee Pryce

written by Kathryn O'Reilly

premiered at Theatre503

directed by Sarah Meadows - Offie nominated

Producer Kathryn O'Reilly & Maeve O'Neill

Dramaturg Neil Grutchfield

Designer Catherine Morgan

Lighting Designer Jammie Platt

Composer Benedict Taylor

Stage Manager Polly Heinkel

Assistant Director Monty Leigh

Cast: Derek Elroy, Eloise Joseph, Stephen Myott-Meadows, Samantha Robinson

Funded by Arts Council England & The Richard Carne Trust, Supported by Joanna Bacon, John Stanley. With thanks to Out of Joint

Ticking time-bombs Luce and Charlene are 30-something binge-drinking soul mates.

They clock in after heavy a night out on the tiles,

popping caffeine pills and downing miniatures on the factory floor,

boasting about last night’s sexual conquests.

When you are living for today it's hard to think about tomorrow.

"Screwed has a vulgar vigour and an emotional energy that throbs like an inflamed sex organ.

O’Reilly writes convincing dialogue and has added variety and pace to the storytelling by using monologues and choral passages”

Aleks Sierz - My Theatre Mates

“A witty look at female friendship in a broken society.  

O’Reilly has a great ear for the scrappy rhythm of everyday speech.  

An assured debut, at times sharply observed and bruisingly funny ”

Tom Wicker -  Time Out

“O’Reilly’s explicit dialogue pulls no punches...Packed with raw energy and frighteningly believable...

O’Reilly’s play is both funny and disturbing, showing lives that lie behind the statistics that tell us of increasing alcohol problems among women.

It is a piece of new writing rich with promise”

Stephen Bates -

“Highly impressive, very authentic writing, combined with great acting made for an

altogether very unpleasant and yet strangely compelling play”

Terry Eastham - LondonTheatre1

“Kathryn O’Reilly has really done a wonderful job on her debut play, it is youthful and full of fire.

It’s funny because it is so entirely true...

I couldn’t ask for more from a play, there are explorations of lifestyles, relationships, diversity and killer dialogue”

Bethany Dickinson - A Younger Theatre

“O'Reilly has a brilliant ear for the visceral venality of their chat in all its swaggering hollowness...

O'Reilly's writing produces some gorgeous passages of overlapping dialogue...

A bolshy, brutal bit of theatre”

Ian Foster - There Ought To Be Clowns

“This is actress and writer Kathryn O'Reilly's first play and there's much that's promising about it.

Throughout there's an impressive attention to rhythmic dialogue, the script establishing a breakneck pace that rarely lets up.

On top of that there's a nicely disciplined use of time and space”

London City Nights

“O’Reilly’s produced a choppy, off-beat script that allows the friends to fall into a familiar routine

and bounce off each other in a way that’s both funny and oddly touching...

Screwed is a hard-hitting play...

Kathryn O’Reilly’s decision to explore this social trend with a focus on female characters is refreshing”

Liz Dyer -

“Wonderfully biting dialogue and excellent performances from the cast of four easily seduce the audience”

“The promising early scenes of Kathryn O’Reilly’s play have a poetic staccato quality.

Her sentences are like one-inch punches – blam, blam, blam – giving you a real sense

of the machine of these women’s lives”

Natasha Tripney - The Stage

“Funny, vulgar and just a bit scary.

Screwed at Theatre 503 really hits you with everything it can in this new work by Kathryn O'Reilly....

It is unnerving and at times horrifying to watch two ladies go on a self-destructive rampage.

But there is something about the piece that seems so appropriate for our times.

Self-destruction, promiscuity, dead end jobs and alcoholism.

It is all presented here in a subtle and delicate way”

Paul In London

“Kathryn has written such a hard hitting, not only in your face but in your ears blast of a play..

It’s an amazing debut play for it’s authentic and vivid picture it paints of modern day hedonism and it’s pitfalls”

Lesley Strachan - Wandsworth Radio

“Screwed pulls no punches in its representation of the ladette lifestyle; it contains

coarse language and is not for the fainthearted or easily offended.”

Rhiannon Evans - WestendWilma

A funny and at times brutally frank look at lives going nowhere...

The relationships between the two girls is beautifully observed by playwright Kathryn O’Reilly

and the writing is bouncy and quirky”

Siân Rowland - London Pub Theatre

Production Production photography Sophie Mutevelian

written by Kathryn O'Reilly

Premiered at Old Red Lion Theatre - 2019

directed by Lucy Allan

Cast Kathryn O'Reilly, Anna Doolan - both nominted for OFFIE award

Producers Kathryn O'Reilly & Anna Doolan

Associate Producer RUA Arts

Movement Director Sophie Shaw

Designer Mayou Trikerioti

Sound Designer Nicola Chang

Lighting Designer Benny Goodman

Stage Manager Hester Blindell

Rehearsal & Production photography Robert Workman

Funded by Anonymous, Karl Sydow, Carne Trust. Supported by Clean Break, Out of Joint

"An earnest and piercig play"

Broadway World

"This is a must-see play addressing the dark truth behind cycles of drug addiction"

Islinton Tribune

"The poetic writing combines with physical performances to create a moving story of sadness and lost hope"

Grace Wood - The Stage

"A couragous piece of theatre"

Theatre News

"Superbly written dark play"

Stage Door

"Hard-hitting but moving two-hander examining the scars and childhood abuse and trauma"

Claire Roderick - Fairy Powered

"Movement director Sophie Shaw has choreographed a series of lyrical movements which symbolise key moments during the sisters' relationship aloowing O'Reilly and Doolan to showcase their talent"

Lucy Bacon - Islington Tribune

"It's a provocative, bold and compelling piece of theatre"


Production Production photography Robert Workman

written by Kathryn O'Reilly

Tristan Bates Theatre

Rikki Beadle-Balir's Team Angelica Louder Than Words Festival

directed by Hannah Eidinow

Cast: Kathry O'Reilly, Gary Carr, Eloise Joseph, Anthony Welsh

Photography Rikki Beadle-Blair