ESCAPE THE SCAFFOLD
Written by Titas Halder
Directed by Hannah Price
Performed at Theatre 503, London and The Other Room, Cardiff in March/April/May 2017.
"We're not friends. We used to be friends. We were only friends because we were in the same place at the same time."
Three best friends reunite in their old student house. Before it was roast chicken and high hopes for the future. Now people are being hunted outside. A love triangle turns to betrayal as real life becomes a nightmare. The basement is slowly filling with water and there's a monster in the house.
Escape the Scaffold is a dark, psychological thriller from Titas Halder and Hannah Price, the writer/director team behind sellout smash Run the Beast Down. This electrifying new production is brought to you by Mongrel Thumb alongside two award winning champions of new writing, Theatre503 and The Other Room.
Writer Titas Halder
Director Hannah Price
Designer Mark Bailey
Lighting Designer Katy Morison
Music and Sound Chris Bartholomew
Stage Manager Rachel Hendry
Production Manager Jake Evans
A co-production between Mongrel Thumb, The Other Room and Theatre503.
Praise for Escape The Scaffold:
"Vivid and visceral...Powerfully atmospheric, genre-defying drama that deftly blends horror with dystopian thriller."
★★★★ - The Stage
"Hannah Price deftly guides us through the time hopping narrative...confirms that Halder is a serious name to watch"
★★★★ - Time Out
"...the writing is complex, witty, esoteric, thoughtful and brilliant, and the acting is superb...an intriguing, fascinating theatrical experience"
★★★★ - The Upcoming
"An excellent play from a new playwright which achieves incredible intensity and drive..."
★★★★ - Remote Goat
"bewitching, thought provoking and a shock to the system at times too…the trio of performances is quite superb…a vibrant and demanding evening of theatre.”
★★★★ – The Western Mail
“Hannah Price’s classy direction brings out the play’s light and dark…the excellent young cast convincingly portray three very different people…very much a play for our times.”
★★★★ – London Pub Theatres
“…confirms the thriving collaboration between playwright Titas Halder and director Hannah Price…Escape The Scaffold is a gripping psychological thriller, appropriately supported by an amazing cast and brilliant production values”
★★★★ – Pocket Size Theatre
“Mark Bailey’s elaborate set immediately convinces…the characterisations are pleasingly complex…Halder’s witty and fluent script is redolent of a West End thriller…director Hannah Price presents the moments of (un)easy, alcohol-fuelled camaraderie and schocking violence with equal stylishness…manages to both charm and challenge, providing much to reflect upon.”
British Theatre Guide
“…catches the buoyancy and freedom of undergraduate life beautifully. There’s a sense that anything is possible in these three…”
“…a credit to all concerned that time never drags…the performances are of a high standard…director Hannah Price, designer Mark Bailey and Sound Designer Chris Bartholomew enhance the style and atmosphere...a play that deserves to be seen.”
“…a gripping thriller packed with suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”
The Reviews Hub
“Halder’s absorbing script…Hannah Price’s assured, pacey direction…Escape The Scaffold has flair and wit in character and plotting…all laced with a sharp twist of horror…”
Traffic Light Theatregoer
“It’s been over 24 hours since I saw Escape the Scaffold at The Other Room but my mind hasn’t stopped thinking about it since…actors were phenomenal and truly convincing in their roles…definitely worth a watch…”
“The staging and lighting are of a very high standard for such a small theatre and play an integral role in building the show’s tension and suspense. The chemistry between the cast is also impressive, and their quick-fire quips are a pleasure to watch.”