Plain Heroines present


By Aoife Kennan

Directed by Gabriella Bird

A funny and honest new play about self-harm and recovery.

“But although it’s a sad memory. I always think of that.  Like always. Whenever I feel really alone. Because I remember that you did see me. 

And you followed me.

And I mattered to you.

And I wasn’t alone.

Because you saw me.”

Meet GIRL. For too long, she’s been hiding her scratches with unfashionably long socks, clever white lies and period pads. But now she and her fabulous BEST FRIEND are here to set the record straight.

SCRATCHES is a story of the events that shape us. It’s about self-harm, recovery and reaching out to friends. It’s about talking through the hard stuff, but with stand-up, cabaret, and confetti. So much confetti.

SCRATCHES transfers to the Arcola from a critically acclaimed run at VAULT Festival, where it was nominated for both an Offie and a VAULT Festival Award.

Content warnings: suicide, self-injury.

★★★★★ “…a gut-wrenching ode to youth, love, friendship, companionship and taking care of one’s mental health.”The Upcoming

★★★★★ “Hysterically funny, raw, and brutally honest – Scratches is sensational”Lost in Theatreland

★★★★ “…a female-led company which are not afraid to push at boundaries”Lou Reviews

★★★★ “a highlight of this year’s Vault Festival”All The Dazzles