Arcola Theatre, AVALON and the BBC presents


A new play by Katherine Parkinson

Directed by Sarah Bedi

“When you first asked to paint me, I thought you meant literally. Like face paint.”

Mary, Luke and Cassandra are three very different people, living three very different lives. But when they meet John, a portrait painter, all of their fortunes are changed forever. While sitting for their paintings in the same attic studio, a picture emerges that none of them could ever have imagined.

Sitting is the acclaimed debut play from Olivier nominee and BAFTA Award winner Katherine Parkinson (Home, I’m Darling; The IT Crowd).

Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this funny and touching new drama transfers to Arcola Theatre for a limited run.

★★★★ “Parkinson paints intense, quietly devastating portraits of her characters with accomplished brush strokes”Metro

★★★★ “Sitting is a sharp, perceptive piece of work, delivered brilliantly”The List

★★★★ “A finely crafted story infused with sadness but balanced by some lovely comic writing… Sitting is an impressive debut”

★★★★ “Superbly wrapped up in a delightful, thought-provoking seventy minutes”London Theatre 1