Award-winning play VERMIN to debut at the Arcola Theatre

Following cult success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022, award-winning play VERMIN will debut this March at the Arcola Theatre London.

Award-winning play VERMIN to debut at the Arcola Theatre

The REcreate Agency and Triptych Theatre present Vermin, written by Benny Ainsworth.

Billy and Rachel have a rat problem. But a much darker, deep-rooted horror lurks beneath their floorboards. 

Following cult success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022, award-winning play Vermin makes its London debut at the Arcola Theatre this Spring. A slick two-hander, Vermin brings together sharp new writing, tight direction and two blistering lead performances to bring the audience on a darkly comic journey into horrors all too real. 

Billy and Rachel are, seemingly, a perfectly happy couple - both a little strange, but suited. When their home develops a rat infestation, their reactions are polar opposite. Billy faces the creatures with violence; Rachel with acceptance and a motherly love. But the rats aren’t the real problem. Deep beneath the surface runs the pain of unchecked grief in this unsettling, unrelenting, and heartbreaking dark comedy. 

Written by Benny Ainsworth, directed by Michael Parker, and starring Sally Paffett alongside Ainsworth, Vermin runs at the Arcola Theatre from 14 March - 1 April, reuniting the team behind the smash success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Vermin faces up to grief, and leaves you questioning what is real. 

“a stomach-churning, tear-jerking and laughter-inducing piece of theatre that is truly a brilliant one of a kind”

British Theatre Guide - ★★★★★

“an exceptional piece of drama… an absolute must-see”

Broadway Baby - ★★★★★

“a tautly and effectively told story that makes for an unsettling but compelling experience”

The Stage - ★★★★


Arcola Theatre - Studio 2
14 March - 1 April 2023
20:00 (plus 16:00 Saturday 1 April)
Tickets £15 - £23

Run Time
54 mins

Age Restriction

Content Warnings
Suicide, stillbirth, animal cruelty and strong language. 

About the REcreate Agency
The REcreate Agency is a multidisciplinary creative agency that develops the potential in independent artists, producers & projects. Founded in 2020 by independent producers Reece McMahon and Emily Beecher, REcreate is at the forefront of cultural change and is changing the culture of how we share, talk and think about making work together.

About Triptych Theatre

Triptych Theatre is an award-winning company from London, formed of three actor-practitioners. Exclusively writing, directing and performing their own plays, their mission is to raise a mirror to modern Britain through incredible stories which appeal to a modern generation of theatre-goers.

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Saskia Calliste

Saskia Calliste Voice Team

Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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