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“I have to fight back. But I can’t fight back. It’s so strong, the feeling is so strong. I can’t breathe and there’s a tapping a light tapping that’s when I wake. I wake up.”


Two sisters struggle to survive in the wake of a toxic childhood, bound by the legacy of what has been before. Each must find a way to build a life out of chaos. But what happens when the ties that bind become the thing that holds you back?


Kathryn O'Reilly & Anna Doolan  



Director Lucy Allan

Movement Director Sophie Shaw

Set & Costume Designer Mayou Trikerioti

Lighting designer Benny Goodman

Design Assistant Francesca Jones

Sound Designer & Composer Nicola Chang

Stage Manager Hester Blindell

Technician Ryan Perry

Press & Publicity Chloe Nelkin Consultancy

Playtext Nick Hern Books

Graphic Design Nick Thompson

Photography Robert Workman & Nick Rutter

Videography by Tom French Funded by Richard Carne Trust

Produced by KOR Productions, Anna Doolan & Rua Arts

Poisoned Polluted premiered at The Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington in 2019. The playtext by Nick Hern Books is available to purchase:


Photo by Robert Workman

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