“Helena Kaut-Howson’s production is playful and well played, often laugh out loud funny” Time Out

“Provocative and original” Evening Standard

“The cast is excellent” MusicOHM


“Funny, philosophical and original, Dea Loher’s extraordinary German drama holds a mirror up to western decay.” Time Out

“David Tushingham has produced another effortless translation” What’s on Stage

“Sparky and fast-moving” MusicOHM




Written by Dea Loher

Translated by David Tushingham

“If I worked in a petrol station, all it would take is one cigarette to blow everything sky high…But at home I don’t even have gas. Where am I supposed to begin?”

Two illegal dock workers witness a woman drowning. Afraid of involving the police, they do not save her. Guilty or innocent?

A nocturnal city teams with social rejects, lost and disaffected human beings: an undertaker; a blind pole dancer; an embittered philosopher; the mother of a serial killer.

Loosely connected stories from the edge of society mysteriously interweave to create a lyrical and darkly comic passion play for our times. Disturbing, poignant but ultimately hopeful, Innocence asks unanswerable questions about conscience and compassion in a disfigured world.

Dea Loher is Germany’s leading and most provocative playwright, noted for her original style and uncompromising picture of contemporary life. The British premiere of Innocence is brought to the Arcola stage by a leading cast and creative team, headed by internationally acclaimed director Helena Kaut-Howson.

Cast Ann Mitchell as Frau Zucker with Miranda Cook, Michael Fitzgerald, Alexander Gilmour, Chris Hannon, Caroline Kilpatrick, Meredith MacNeill, Nathaniel Martello-White, Okezie Morro, Ellen Sheean and Maggie Steed

Director Helena Kaut-Howson
Set & costume designer Lara Booth
Lighting designer Alex Wardle
Sound designer Mark Thurston
Assistant director Alexander Glimour

Presented by Arcola Theatre in association with KP Productions
Supported by the Goethe Institute London.