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The Right Ballerina

  • Hen and Chickens Theatre 109 Saint Paul's Road London, England, N1 2NA United Kingdom (map)

OCT 11 - OCT 22

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm (Saturday matinee at 3pm), 75 mins



Following a successful tour after making its debut at The Lowry, Salford, Pump Out Productions presents the London premiere of The Right Ballerina, a new play that eviscerates our perception of right/left wing politics. The play is inspired by the real life case of Simone Clarke, a ballerina with the English National Ballet who was “outed” as a BNP member in 2006. With the recent Brexit vote and the Trump candidacy for US President, tensions between the right and left sides of the political spectrum have flared once more – and this cautionary tale looks into the possible pitfalls of political bias in the arts.

Top ballerina Penny Leigh has a secret. When the enigmatic Mr X makes it known to the world, Penny is in danger of losing more than her reputation.  Written by award winning playwright Billy Cowan, and directed by Matthew Gould, this unrelenting, absurdist drama takes its pressure cooker premise to a lethal conclusion.

Billy Cowan is an award-winning playwright who lives in Manchester. His first play, Smilin’ Through, won the 2003 Writing Out Award for Best New Gay Play. It went on to be produced by Birmingham Rep and Contact in 2005 and was nominated for Best New Play by the Manchester Evening News. Other work includes Care Takers, which won The Stage Edinburgh Award 2016.

Matthew Gould is a theatre director. Recent work includes All In The Timing by David Ives (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford (Jermyn Street Theatre), Don't Even Joke by Tim Luscombe (Toynbee Studios), Hello, Norma Jeane (Park Theatre), The Glass Protégé (Park Theatre) and was a resident director at News Revue (Canal Café).


“A powerful blend of storytelling and provocation that should not be missed” The Reviews Hub

“A tale of dilemma so modern that it fizzes with relevance” The Double Negative


Earlier Event: October 10
Straight to the Heart
Later Event: October 16