A devastatingly beautiful play from Ted Hughes Award-winner and 2014 Mercury Prize nominee Kate Tempest following her smash-hit Wasted and Brand New Ancients.

Lyrical fireworks. Live music. A story of love and redemption.

Chess is in prison. Facing a lengthy sentence, her cell mate Serena becomes her soul mate. But when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation.

Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess. But to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past.

Special event: Roundhouse Poets, Thursday 4 December, 7.20pm

Roundhouse Poets will be getting audiences warmed up ahead of the performance on Thursday 4 December with new pieces inspired by the play. Including performances by Izzy Tennyson (Roundhouse 2014 Poetry Slam Runner up), Nik Way, Phoebe Wagner, Andrea Spisto and Lauren Ogden. The Roundhouse Poets are led by acclaimed poets including Bohdan Piasecki and Deborah Stevenson and regularly perform at the Roundhouse and at across the UK – more info here.

A Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production


As much gig as theatre… the writing simply fizzes with truth

The Guardian

As arresting and raw as a broken heart

Time Out

Startlingly beautiful

The Times

The writing is fantastic with just the right balance of spoken word, song and dialogue, bringing out the frustrations of lives that are bruised.

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