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THE NUCLEAR PLAYS


By EWAN POLLITT


Caged Bird, Drayton Arms Theatre (2020)


‘Fission’: When their father suddenly dies, estranged siblings, Lex and Jack, are forced together; his ashes need scattering and his work needs finishing. But who their father was and what he really loved seems to have been ripped apart, split between the two of them. A painful examination of family, reconnection and sibling rivalry, Fission takes the audience through nuclear laboratories, wakes and the Lake District.


‘Reactor’: Jim seals himself off from the world every day - literally. Wrapped in duct tape and a gas mask, this is simply his life working in a nuclear reactor. But life behind the mask is becoming increasingly difficult and, much like the reactor itself, Jim’s life has become one of constantly avoiding a meltdown. Reactor is a hilarious and shattering new play about hanging onto sanity for dear life, the invisibility of mental illness, and the difficulty of connecting in a world where so many people wish to be sealed away.


The Nuclear Plays were first performed at the Drayton Arms Theatre, London, from 12-14 March 2020 with the following cast:


Lex Nell Baker

Jack Geraint Rhys


Jim Ewan Pollitt


Director Jasper Frost

Playwright Ewan Pollitt

Producer Jonathan Taylor

Literary Manager Patrick Swain

Tech Operator Joe McInally

Show Photographer Stefan Hanegraaf


Ewan Pollitt. (REACTOR)

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Geraint Rhys & Nell Baker. (FISSION)

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Ewan Pollitt. (REACTOR)

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Nell Baker. (FISSION)

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Ewan Pollitt. (REACTOR)
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AUDIENCE FEEDBACK (submitted via social media):


"Managed to catch The Nuclear Plays by Caged Bird tonight... Seriously, watch that space. Brilliant writing and performances, all supported by stunning direction from Jasper Frost" - @TheresaIsSleepy, Twitter


"Absolutely brilliant show! These guys really punch above their weight. Great theatre." - @cindy.hanegraaf, Facebook



'REACTOR' is a show #BorninDandD, after conversations with mental illness sufferers in the theatremaking community informed the process of portraying depression. Interviews and discussions conducted at Improbable's Devoted and Disgruntled, Battersea Arts Centre, February 2020.


Ewan Pollitt. (REACTOR)

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Geraint Rhys. (FISSION)

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Ewan Pollitt. (REACTOR)

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