knives in hens - Playing Up Theatre Company - Theatre Bath

Bath based Playing Up Theatre Company has built an enviable reputation for successfully producing plays that are challenging and occasionally unique in their interpretation.  In its twelve year history Playing Up has reimagined the work of John Arden, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Jean Anouilh and Rona Munro to enormous critical acclaim.  Now the company are about to present a wholly original production of David Harrower’s debut play, Knives in Hens.

Harrower, perhaps best known for his powerful drama, Blackbird, originally wrote Knives in Hens as a radio play before it was given its first theatrical performance by Traverse Theatre.  It subsequently transferred to London and has since been produced in dozens of countries around the world.  Playing Up are now bringing the play back to Bath for the first time since it was first seen at The Ustinov in 2008.

Set in a God-fearing, pre-industrial rural community, a young woman comes to terms with old grudges and factions, an unexpected betrayal and a growing awareness of her place in the world.  It’s about the power of language and how a peasant woman meets a miller who offers her the opportunity to learn. It’s about giving one woman the gift of knowledge and the power of the written word.  It is a power that we take for granted but which, once discovered, endowed humans with the ability to learn, to remember, to teach and to endure.

This mesmerising play is being performed from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February 2016 at The Rondo Theatre in Larkhall, Bath starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are available from or by phoning 0333 666 3366.  For more information go to