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18 April–19 May 2018

The Alchemist and Fine Line in association with Arcola Theatre


by Marion Bott

Directed by Zois Pigadas

“To choose is to commit, and to commit is to be free.”

Berlin. Eleven past eleven. Art teacher Melissa is about to do something drastic.

Seeking a place to hide, her ex-pupil Mehdi interrupts her momentum. Both embark on a turbulent journey, painting and battling their way through the past.

This explosive new play about self-destruction and rebirth attempts to understand the fear currently gripping the European psyche, and the threats that may be posed by our own alienated youth.

Relaxed performance

Saturday 5 May, 3.30pm: Relaxed performances are created to be a more relaxed presentation of a show, with adapted sound and lighting and minor script adjustments, plus increased wheelchair capacity.

Drawing From Performance

Saturday 5 May, 3 – 6pm:

As part of the relaxed preview performance, London Drawing have unique access to the play to draw and create art as the performance unfolds, as well as special set ups with the performers based on the play after the show.

This is a unique creative opportunity to work from the play in action, working with the performers and responding in real time to the performance and dialogue, and creating work from the strong sets and imagery in this imaginative and thought provoking piece of theatre- prepare for action and dynamism!

Tickets are £18 (including basic drawing materials)

Book to take part on the London Drawing website now → 

Post-show Q & A

Tuesday 15 May: Following the 8pm performance, there will be a free event with the director and writer, which will focus on how Moormaid was developed, the themes within the play as well as questions about drama school, answered by Zois Pigadas.
★★★★ Moormaid will be a play not soon to be forgotten.
—Theatre Weekly
★★★★ Guaranteed to make you feel...a wondrous cast
★★★★ Punchy and challenging
—The Reviews Hub
★★★★ A bold play about a number of taboo issues that many of us do not often get to face.
—Pocketsize Theatre
A deeply thoughtful production
  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner

  • Photography by Anika Wagner


Sarah Alles
Moe Bar-el Mehdi
Ali Azhar Khan


Marion Bott


Zois Pigadas


Sophia Simensky

Lighting and Sound Design

Tim Boyd
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 8pm
All Saturdays, 3.30pm matinee


  • Students / 26 and under - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard seats on Mon–Wed evenings and all matinee performances
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Standard seat
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 95 minutes approximately (including interval).

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Scenes of a sexual nature
    Suicidal themes
    References to strong violence
    The consumption of walnuts. Those with nut allergies are advised to contact the Box Office for more information

    Suitable for 16+

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