Shallow Slumber

Supporting Wall Presents

Shallow Slumber

  • By Chris Lee
  • Tue 24 Jan-Sat 18 Feb 2012
  • Tickets £10-15

For social workers everywhere and anyone with a heart.

Independent on Sunday, Time Out, Exeunt

Dawn never thought motherhood would feel like this. Moira never thought she’d have a case like this.

Unfolding backwards to the heart-rending moment when everything changed, Shallow Slumber looks past the headlines to the lives beneath.

Starring Olivier award nominee Alexandra Gilbreath opposite rising star Amy Cudden, Shallow Slumber is directed by recent UK Film Council Breakthrough Brit Mary Nighy. Playwright Chris Lee is an award-winning writer, lifelong social worker and former associate of the Finborough and Abbey Theatres.

From the producers of Tender Napalm

‘Heart-stopping’ Times

£10 previews (24-26 Jan)
£12.50 (27 Jan – 4 Feb & matinees)
£15 (4-18 Feb)

Suitable for ages 11+


Tue 31 Jan: The cast & crew discuss the production and take audience questions.

Tue 7 Feb: Women in the criminal justice system – a panel discussion feat Rachel Halford (Women in Prison), Graham Beech (NACRO), Angus Mulready-Jones (PACT), Graham Ixer (GSCC) and Clean Break Theatre Company.

Tue 14 Feb: The social work profession: its status, role and complexities – a panel discussion feat Penny Thompson (GSCC), Claire Barcham and Andy O’Beirne (College of Social Work) and Chris Lee (social worker and writer of Shallow Slumber).

All post-shows are free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Production supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and the Unity Theatre Trust.

‘Cudden and Nighy are names to watch, and Gilbreath is searingly good’

Independent on Sunday

Time Out , Exeunt

‘If we see a more finely expressed meeting of minds, battle of wills and mutual, agonised soul-searching anywhere else on stage this year I’d be very surprised’ Telegraph

‘A powerful piece of new writing… the acting, in Mary Nighy’s gripping studio production, is terrific… an excellent production’ The Stage

‘The script and the acting are note perfect’ Spoonfed

The Independent talks to director Mary Nighy Read article

The Guardian talks to writer Chris Lee Read interview

Nominated for three Offie Awards for Best Actress for Alexandra Gilbreath and Amy Cudden and for Best New Play

Mary Nighy, Alexandra Gilbreath, Amy Cudden, Georgia Lowe, Christopher Nairne, Ed Borgnis


  1. I live in the US and am an undergrad looking into getting a masters in social work. I really want to see this play! Anyway that it might be recorded?? I'll pay!

    Said Stephanie Asiddao at 00:10am on 6th Feb 2012

  2. Hello,
    I am wondering whether you have any nights with a BSL Interpreter or StageText?

    Said Janna Kay at 09:11am on 6th Feb 2012

  3. Hi Janna, Thanks for posting on our website. To answer your question, we have a BSL interpreted performance of Shallow Slumber on Thursday 16 Feb and an audio described performance this evening (6 Feb)!

    Said Soho Theatre at 15:12pm on 6th Feb 2012

  4. Hi, I am a social work student and I was wondering if you were intending to repeat the show in the near future? I am unable to attend on Saturday and I really, really want to see it.

    Said Gemma L. E at 22:15pm on 16th Feb 2012

  5. Saw this last night. Superb observations and acting the emotion was raw and as a social worker for 15 years it really did touch every emotion. Even heard myself in Moira at times.

    Said Karen at 14:20pm on 19th Feb 2012

  6. this was absolutely fantastic - well done to both actresses for an outstanding piece of acting. I was gripped from the start to the finish - it was incredibly moving, and I was privileged to meet the actress playing Dawn after the performance to say thank you. Well done - I will not forget this in a hurry!

    Said yvonne at 20:35pm on 19th Feb 2012

  7. I am a recently retired Social Work lecturer from The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago. This play will be of great benefit to all social workers in our system but perhaps especially for students, as they are prepared for practice agencies in the community.
    Has it been recorded? Are copies available for purchase? Please add my name to your mailing list.
    Thank you.
    Jackie Padmore

    Said Jacqueline Cameron-Padmore at 16:42pm on 7th Mar 2012

  8. I am a Social Work student currently in my second year and would love the opportunity to see this play - I was wondering if the performance will be repeated anytime in the future or whether there is a recording I could access? Thank you

    Said Nicola Fitzgerald at 09:54am on 13th Mar 2012

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