Thu 9 - Fri 17 Nov


By Fin Kennedy.

Directed by Jenny Stephens.

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

"What makes you who you are, Charlie? A name? An address? A random collection of experiences, a few memories? You are who you can prove you are. You are what people think. And that’s the easiest thing in the world to change."

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins to re-live the nightmarish final hours that see his body retrieved from the Thames, stripped of everything that made him who he was.

With echoes of Camus and Kafka, How To Disappear... follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found was the surprise winner of the 2006 Arts Council John Whiting Award for New Theatre Writing, after being rejected by nearly every theatre in London. It was subsequently commissioned by Sam West for Sheffield Crucible in 2007, and produced to critical acclaim. It has since been produced in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Melbourne, Auckland, and Portland, Oregon. The play has become a firm favourite with students and amateurs and is among Nick Hern Books' most licensed plays.

"Just occasionally you find a piece of new writing that restores your confidence in the future of theatre ... an exciting, exhilarating, extremely funny and deeply distressing parable of contemporary consumerism. This is as good as theatre gets." The Stage

"A brilliant metaphysical tragedy about the search for happiness ... ingenious, Lorca-like ... an unsettling dangerous play ... makes you wonder how much other gold dust falls between the gaps of British theatre." The Guardian "An intriguing, disquieting piece of work. It unfolds in a series of scenes handled with scalpel-like precision. The dialogue is assured, often very funny, occasionally poignant. Kennedy's is a voice of which we'll be hearing a lot more." The Independent

"The sort of thrilling new work that completely restores your faith in theatre." Sheffield Star

£15 full £10 concession.


The Station

Silver Street



Book Tickets Download Brochure

“A brilliant metaphysical tragedy about the search for happiness...”

Facebook link Twitter link

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Ltd, 1-2 Downside Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2XF
Admin: 0117 973 3535 | Box Office: 0117 973 3955 |

Photos: Craig Fuller, Farrows Creative, Graham Burke, Stewart McPherson.

Registered in England number 02430025 | Registered charity number 900280 | VAT number 520494954

Conservatoire for Dance and drama University of the West of England