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Relish a tense and riveting play about social inequality and artistic responsibility. A story that explores both extremes, Mouthpiece delves unapologetically into the relevant questions about appropriation, which is all the more relevant currently. Savor a poignant, yet introspective story about two individuals, battling their own difficulties.

Why Watch Mouthpiece

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Traverse Theater in 2018, Mouthpiece promises to enrapture audiences and critics alike. Written by Kieran Hurley, the award-winning writer of Beats, Mouthpiece tackles the age-old question of every playwright and storyteller: do they have the right to tell someone’s story, especially without them knowing? Filled with an alarming frankness and humor, Mouthpiece explores the complicated relationship of a self-proclaimed failed writer and a teenage artist. Both MacDonald and McIntosh are spectacular in the play, one portraying the exploitive and empathetic adult, the otherwise and exploited teenager. The director, Orla O'Loughlin cleverly paces the story, and the irony can be seen unfolding. The lighting design by Kal Fischer is breathtaking and is especially noticeable when a projection is used to highlight the intimate moments shared by the lead character with his sister.

The Story

Libby passes her time hopping from one cafe to the other in New Town. She claims to be a writer and hopes to make it some point. Declan, a talented teenage artist suffers from numerous issues at home and is unable to live up to his potential. One evening at Salisbury Crags, Libby walks into an alley, and Declan pulls her back to safety. The pair strike up an unlikely friendship, although they are vastly different from each other. Soon enough, Libby makes a breakthrough by identifying a weak point in her writing, and she might be able to salvage her writing career. This breakthrough, however, comes at a price. Can Libby use the story of Declan’s difficult life and upbringing to finally rebuild her disintegrating career? Can she exploit her friend to make leeway in her writing career as she elects to become the figurative mouthpiece of Declan’s life?

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Lovers of Drama | Fans of Thought-Provoking Plays

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Show Details

Show Timings

Tue - Sat 7:15 PM
Thu & Sat 2:30 PM
Note: There will be a special captioned performance on the 26th of April at 7:15 PM.

1 hour 30 minutes, with no intermission.

Leading Roles
Neve McIntosh as Libby
Lorn Macdonald as Frank

Directed by
Orla O’Loughlin

Additional Information

This production is suitable for guests over the age of 16.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair Accessible

The Soho Theater has a seating capacity of 160.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification. It is recommended that you arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.

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Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St Soho, London, W1D 3NE

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