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The Bunker Theatre, London

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;

Roberta hasn’t been home in 12 years. Now she’s back. Just in time for bonfire night.

OIL AND MATTER is a play about trying to cross burnt bridges, and whether you can ever really go home again.


OIL AND MATTER was produced as part of Damsel Develops, a new festival committed to helping emerging female directors develop work, with the hope of moving towards a future production. In September, Damsel Productions called out for project pitches from female directors across the UK. The pieces could be old, new, devised or adapted – all was welcome as long as it was written or conceived by women and committed to representing the female experience on stage.

A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.

Written by Camilla Whitehill

Starring Cordelia O’Neill, Adam Lawrence, Gemma Barnett, George Fletcher, Amanda Reed, John Vernon, and Arianna Beadie.

Produced by Damsel Productions as part of Damsel Develops