Sometimes you crack.
Sometimes you didn’t mean to yell that.
Sometimes you have to lay low until you’ve figured it out
And sometimes, sometimes you have to hibernate until you’ve healed.
This is a new day.

Shedding a Skin is a story for our times. A play about finding kindness in unexpected places. A play about connecting with what our elders can teach us – new skin honouring old skin. A play about joy, healing and protest. And having a good belly laugh.

Following a sell-out run in May 2021, Soho Theatre revives Amanda Wilkin’s 2020 Verity Bargate Award winning play, sponsored by Character 7, introducing audiences to a fresh and fierce new voice.

Shortlist: Susan Smith Blackburn prize


‘She’s captured a generation. It’s a work of incredible beauty and great wit, she will go far.’
Stephen Garrett


Since 1982, the biennial playwriting award competition has uncovered the best new play by an emerging UK and Irish writer and launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established writers. From a record number of 1493 entries for the 2020 Verity Bargate Award, Amanda Wilkin’s spellbinding play captivated the Award’s readers and judges, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Lolita Chakrabati (Hymn), Russell T Davies (It’s A Sin), Laura Wade (The Watsons) and Stephen Garrett (Character 7), and was announced as the winner in October 2020.


Shedding A Skin will be creating a relaxed, inclusive environment in Soho Theatre’s Main House for all performances.

Shedding A Skin is a Soho Theatre production sponsored by NJA, Core Values & Creative Management.

The Verity Bargate Award is sponsored by Character 7


Socially Distanced performance Mon 14 Mar 7.30pm

Performance Audio Described by Miranda Yates Mon 21 Mar 7.30pm

Performance BSL Interpreted by Jacqui Beckford Tue 22 Mar 7.30pm

Performance Captioned by Alex Romeo Wed 23 Mar 7:30pm


Amanda Wilkin

Writer and Performer


Elayce Ismail


Rosanna Vize

Set and Costume Designer

Sarah Mercade

Associate Set Designer

Jess Bernberg

Lighting Designer

Jessie Addinall

Associate Lighting Designer

Nina Dunn

Projection Designer

Richard Hammarton

Sound Designer and Composer

Max Pappenheim

Associate Sound Designer

Myah Jeffers

Assistant Director

Rachael Head

Stage Manager

Chloe Ashley

Assistant Stage Manager

Bethany Barrington-Davis

Assistant Stage Manager

Ameena Hamid


Helen Murray


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