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Knife Edge

  • Pond Unit G2, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett St London N16 8JH United Kingdom (map)

MAY 18 - JUN 12

Tuesday – Sunday, 7:30pm



Sometimes life cuts deep. Sometimes life needs a slap.

Knife Edge, written by David Watson (Housed, The Old Vic) and directed by The Big House artistic director, Maggie Norris, is a play about fear, food and family that begins with a murder and ends with a feast. A girl with no name, hungry for life, fights to tell her own story. Immerse yourself in a darkly comic world, and join her on a journey of discovery, culminating in a culinary coming-together of cast and audience.

The Big House has blasted onto the theatre scene and established a reputation for staging immersive productions that take the audience on an emotional journey, inspired by the stories of its cast. Their mission is to work with care leavers, offenders and young people at risk of offending, to break the cycle that many find themselves trapped in. They are joined for this production by Kidulthood star and BAFTA winner Adam Deacon, a big supporter of their work. The Big House combines theatre with wraparound support, psychotherapy and long term mentoring to help our young people get their life back on track and to help them fulfill their potential.

Previous productions include Electric, Politrix, The Realness, Phoenix and BABY/LON. The world premiere of Knife Edge takes place in Pond, London’s first authentic Hawaiian restaurant and the traditional barriers between audience and cast are broken down when everyone shares a feast at the end of the play. This decision reflects our desire to enable these young people to move from the margins to the centre of our society and to help turn painful histories into lives well lived.


“visceral storytelling (…) shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast” Jez Butterworth on Phoenix

“Within all of us there is a real expression of what we want to see of the world. And what The Big House does is open it up and bring it out. It’s wonderful. I loved every minute of it.” Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party


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Later Event: May 24
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