Arcola Theatre presents

Broken Lad

Written by Robin Hooper

Directed by Richard Speir

Phil sadly is in love with himself. And he’s a show off.

He’s crafted a personality disorder into a trade. A career.

Phil’s reluctant about his comeback gig.

Josh dreams of the celeb status that has passed his father by.

Above a pub in North London, Phil waits to go on stage. As he laments his dwindling career, his son Josh arrives believing that his dad harbours a damaging secret. With the gig hour nearing, past misdemeanours catch up with the family. Tonight, Phil’s career might not be the only thing in tatters.

Comic and moving, Broken Lad is a subtle examination of masculinity in distress.


Robin Hooper‘s previous work at Arcola includes Not the Love I Cry For (2006). His previous plays include The Move (one of the first NT Platforms to tour), Astonish Me (RSC and Almeida Theatre then Home Theatre off-Broadway), and Queer Fish (BAC – Critics Choice, Time Out, Whats On).

Richard Speir‘s previous work at Arcola includes Gentlemen (2020) and Spun (2018).


This show is part of Arcola’s outdoor festival Today I’m Wiser. Explore the full programme → 

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