Arts & Culture

A full house for People, Places and Things at the Oxford Playhouse

By John Charlton

Headlong Theatre Company arrived in Oxford to a sold-out performance of their critically acclaimed story of addiction and dependency, People. Places and Things.

Set in a drinks and drugs rehab centre, the play portrays the struggle of one women’s journey to cure herself of her addiction. And what a journey this is! Emma, or is her real name Sarah or Nina? a mystery until the end of the performance, challenges the rehab system at every opportunity and causes mayhem and havoc on her road to recovery.

Emma, played by Lisa Dwyer Hogg is completely engaging as the out of control addict, sometimes bombastic and at other times frail and vulnerable. Matilda Ziegler who plays the doctor and therapist provides a counter balance with a calm and reasoned performance to ensure the rehab programme works. The tension rises and conflict ensues but does Emma ever really escape the addiction and crazy life she has fallen into?

PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS by Duncan Macmillan, , Writer – Duncan Macmillan, Director – Jeremy Herrin, Set Designer – Bunny Christie, UK tour, 2017, rehearsal images from Jerwood Space, London,, Credit: Johan Persson/

The play is directed by Jeremy Herrin, Artistic Director of Headlong, whose recent credits include Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies and written by award-winning playwright Duncan MacMillan.

Date: Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 October
Tickets: £15 to £32.50
Age guideline: 16+

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