Invincible (2016)




With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England.

One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.

From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat), comes a brand new production of the smash hit, sell-out comedy, Invincible.


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The Details

Show, reviews, cast and production details

The recession is biting hard and so Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. They want to live, work and to raise their two young children in a friendly community, among what Emily terms ‘real people’, away from the cold anonymity of the city.

So these left leaning, well educated people have invited over two of their neighbours in an attempt to break the ice. Tonight Alan and Dawn are to be offered olives, anchovies and are to be introduced to Karl Marx and abstract art. As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for a meeting which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic.

What The Press Said:

genuinely beautiful as well as sharply perceptive’ ★★★★ Libby Purves 

‘Very well acted. Smartly directed’ British Theatre Guide 

‘sharply observed bittersweet comedy… Simply superb’ ★★★★★ Stage Review

‘If you like Ayckbourn or Alan Bennett – you’ll love this.’ One Suffolk 

‘an Abigail’s Party for the 21st century… Brilliant.’ East Anglian Daily Times

‘Tickets for this stunning new play are going fast, if you love theatre you’d be advised to snap up the remaining ones quickly.’ East Anglian Daily Times

‘A most compelling piece of theatre and so well performed’ Eastern Daily Press

‘Refreshing, original and above all, highly entertaining, this is a bold statement from an emerging writing talent, and another fine production from The Original Theatre Company to boot.’ Beautiful South Magazine 

‘a gem of a production’ East Hampshire Online

‘such an enjoyable evening.’ ★★★★ Essential Surrey

What The Audience Said:

‘fantastic play… Hilarious and heart breaking by turns’

‘one of the very best plays I’ve seen recently!’

‘Absolutely brilliant’

‘Comical, satirical and very current’

‘Thought-provoking, funny and clever play’

Alan: Graeme Brookes

Dawn: Kerry Bennett

Oliver: Alastair Whatley

Emily: Emily Bowker


Creative Team

Directed by: Chris Harper

Produced by: Tom Hackney

Set Designed by: Victoria Spearing

Sound by: Dominic Bilkey

Lighting by: Tim Speechley

Costume: Heidi McEvoy-Swift

Associate Director: Polly Jordon



CSM: Tim Speechley

DSM: Felix Dunning

Wed 30 March – Sat 2 April

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Tues 5 – Sat 9 April

Yvonne-Arnaud, Guildford

Tues 12 – Thurs 14 April

Hull Truck Theatre

Tues 19 – Sat 23 April

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Tues 26 – Wed 27 April

South Hill Park, Bracknell

Thurs 28 – Sat 30 April

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Mon 2 – Wed 4 May

Gala Theatre, Durham

Fri 6 – Sat 7 May

Stamford Arts Centre

Tues 10 – Sat 14 May

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Tues 17 – Sat 21 May

Birmingham Rep, Birmingham

Mon 23 – Tues 24 May

Winchester Theatre Royal

Tues 7 – Sat 11 June

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Tues 14 – Sat 18 June

Malvern Theatre

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