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Cuddles: a vampire tale by Joseph Wilde

Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord.

Eve is a 13 year old vampire...Eve does everything a good little vampire girl should, including drinking her (human) sister’s blood. But one day, Tabby tires of opening her veins and, in a breath, the whole world changes.


  • Tue 14 May – Sat 1 Jun, 7:59pm

Running time: 80 minutes, no interval

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.


Eve is a 13 year old vampire. She has never left her room and everything she knows about the world and herself comes from what her sister Tabby has told her.

Eve lives in a world without sunlight. A world where Harry Potter, Bilbo Baggins and the cast of Dante’s Inferno are real; where princes with adjectives instead of names seduce beautiful princesses against the odds. A world crammed full of story book characters but with just one living, breathing human being to cuddle.

Eve does everything a good little vampire girl should, including drinking her (human) sister’s blood. But one day, Tabby tires of opening her veins and, in a breath, the whole world changes.

Cuddles is the stunning debut play from Capital award-winning young playwright Joseph Wilde.

"Tautly directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord against a sickening, flyblown design from James Turner, Cuddles is a smart and gruesome gothic tale that reveals Wilde as a writer with a great deal of confidence and nerve... full-blooded drama with ferocious bite." TIME OUT ★★★★ read review

“Arch 468 is a laboratory for incubating the theatre of the future”
Richard Godwin for the Evening Standard


Wednesday 22 May 9:15pm
Post-show Panel Discussion
Consumer Kids: Youth Culture and Consumerism 
For the past 30 years, we’ve taught our kids that greed is good; that their identity is tied to how much stuff they own and their power to buy more. So, if we’ve bred a generation of voracious consumers, how can we condemn them for looting footlocker when the opportunity arises?
Written in the wake of the 2011 riots, Joseph Wilde’s award-winning play Cuddles is a powerful allegory for the impact consumerism has on our lives.
Join a panel of leading opinion makers, campaigners and academics to unpick the structures of our consumerist society and discuss what it means for the future of our children.

Nadia Idle, War on Want
Jonathan Kent, Leaveourkidsalone
David Moxon, Criminologist at Sheffield Hallam University with publications focussed on the role of consumerism in the 2011 riots
Orson Nava, Film Director and Lecturer with a special interest in consumerist youth culture
A representative from UNICEF
Joseph Wilde, Playwright
Entry to the post-show discussion is free to audience members seeing Cuddles on 22 May.


Female Arts ★★★★★ "You should see this play"

  • Tue 14 May, 8:00pm
  • Wed 15 May, 8:00pm
  • Thu 16 May, 8:00pm
  • Fri 17 May, 8:00pm
  • Sat 18 May, 8:00pm
  • Tue 21 May, 8:00pm
  • Wed 22 May, 8:00pm
  • Thu 23 May, 8:00pm
  • Fri 24 May, 8:00pm
  • Sat 25 May, 8:00pm
  • Tue 28 May, 8:00pm
  • Wed 29 May, 8:00pm
  • Thu 30 May, 8:00pm
  • Fri 31 May, 8:00pm
  • Sat 1 Jun, 8:00pm

Additional information

OughtToBeClowns "a striking piece of theatre that ought to be seen" 

Capital Plays " a truly fab production" 

Everything Theatre ★★★★  "... a wonderfully unusual script brought to life by a hugely talented team. Funny, touching and incredibly intense, this is new writing at its best!" 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★ "...brilliant writing and experimental uses of fantasy" 

BroadwayWorldUK "...the Jeremy Kyle Show live from a Transylvanian-themed attic in Loughton" 

Bargain TheatreLand "...tells a complex, intelligent, multi-layered story in an accessible and enjoyable way." 

British Theatre Guide "...the richness of Wilde’s language and invention." 


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