Robert Shaw for Inside Intelligence


Mark Ravenhill

Directed by: Robert Shaw

Ravenhill vs Hollywood. Torrid scenes of passion; the dark spectre of international terrorism; big, big explosions. Julia is a hot young starlet looking for her next big role. Has Leah (Olivia Poulet ­- The Thick Of It, In The Loop, Outnumbered, Sherlock) got the perfect script to save her from B­movie hell?

Inside Intelligence’s 20th anniversary season kicks off with this first revival from the critically acclaimed writer of Shopping and Fucking, Some Explicit Polaroids and Mother Clap’s Molly House. Product premiered at the Traverse in 2005, performed by Mark Ravenhill himself.

“This ferocious revival is a reminder of how thrilling Ravenhill’s work can be. It also boasts an absolutely killer performance by Olivia Poulet.” – ★★★★ Time Out

“Director Robert Shaw’s production is a little gem” – ★★★★ The Stage

“A play that has gotten way better with age. Olivia Poulet’s performance is understated, with brilliant comic intelligence. Robert Shaw’s production intelligently lets performance and script do the work.” – Postcards From The Gods

Critics’ ChoiceThe Times, Time Out, Metro

“Whatever you’re selling, I’m sold.”
The Times

“Funny, cutting and brilliantly performed.”
Time Out

“A punchy satire on both pop culture and Western attitudes to Islam”

“A sourly brilliant satire on the crass commerciality of big-screen filmmaking.”
Exeunt (August 2014)

“Taught, beautifully written, full of humour and biting satire, Product is an engrossing way to spend an hour.”
British Theatre Guide

The Stage, Exeunt (May 2015), The List, Broadway Baby, The Upcoming, British Theatre, Londonist, Official Theatre, Civilian Theatre, London Theatre, Culture Whisper, The Good Review, Paul in London, Everything Theatre, The Middlepeg Review, The Brighton Argus

Generously sponsored by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Tom Stoppard and Richard Wilson

Monday – Saturday evenings at 8pm
£17 / £12 concessions

Saturday matinees at 3:30pm
2 May, 9 May – £14 / £12 concessions
16 May, 23 May – £17 / £12 concessions

Opening performances (27 April – 1 May) – All tickets £12
Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6pm – limited and subject to availability)
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time: 50 minutes approximately (no interval)
In Studio 2, seating is unallocated.