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Fragments by Laura Swift and Russell Bender

Melding ancient myth and modern neuroscience, Fragments asks whether the way we see the world is how it really is.

This event is part of the FiRST BiTES season
  • Thu 19 Oct – Sat 21 Oct, 7:45pm

Fri 20 Oct: Post-show Discussion

Venue: Upstairs

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

We can’t help putting together what’s been lost or destroyed. Our brain takes tiny pieces of information and turns them into stories that we think make sense. 

Fragments tells the lost myth of Cresphontes, a boy brought up to avenge his murdered father and brothers. Piecing his story together will take you on a journey through the fragments of your own life: receipts, childhood memories, things half heard.


Friday 20 October 9pm
Post show talk with

Russell Bender, co-writer and director
Dr Laura Swift, co-writer and Senior Lecturer in Classics, The Open University
Dr Charlotte Russell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology King's College London


Feedback from Potential Difference's previous productions:

"A well-researched, cleverly constructed and superbly acted out piece... a rather innovative and magical piece of theatre" ***** One Stop Arts on Game of Life

"Making complex ideas emotionally engaging and allowing philosophical concepts to be looked at in fresh and subtle ways, Game of Life is a fascinating play." Exeunt Magazine on Game of Life

“An imaginative, well-crafted work about the perils of sharing online which stays with you, even as you tweet how much you enjoyed it” **** Culture Whisperer on Darknet



  • Thu 19 Oct, 7:45pm
  • Fri 20 Oct, 7:45pm
  • Sat 21 Oct, 7:45pm

Written by Laura Swift and Russell Bender

with additional devising by the Company 

Directed by Russell Bender

Produced by Potential Difference


Designer: Lucy Sierra

Sound Designer: Jon McLeod

Lighting Designer: Jai Morjaria

Songs by Sarah Quist and Jon McLeod

Puppetry Director: Jess Mabel Jones

Additional devising and dramatugy: Ben Hadley

Stage Manager: Tanya Stephenson

Associate Producer: Wendy Kibble


Tom Espiner, Bella Heesom, Alistair Toovey, Sarah Quist

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Image by George Simkin

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