Olivier Award-winners Papatango Theatre Company presents

Some Demon

By Laura Waldren

Sam’s eighteen and her life’s about to start. Zoe’s forty-something and hers never did. They don’t have much in common. Just a love of 80s’ new wave, and an illness that wants them dead. Thrown together in an eating disorder unit, their most intimate secrets exposed, they form a complicated bond. When another patient turns the ward into chaos, they face questions that dictate their survival. Most of all: how to navigate an institution that keeps you safe inside but unable to cope outside?

Grippingly authentic, incisively witty and profoundly compassionate, Laura Waldren’s remarkable debut won the Papatango New Writing Prize from 1,468 plays. It follows past Prize discoveries which have won Olivier, Critics’ Circle, Evening Standard and OffWestEnd awards and transferred to over 30 countries.

Content Warnings: Eating disorders; mental health; self-harm; flashing lights.



★★★★ “Astonishing debut, utterly gripping, hugely entertaining.”The Telegraph

★★★★ “Powerfully affecting, strong and empathetic.”The Stage

★★★★ “Simply remarkable.” Broadway World

★★★★ “Incredibly rich, deeply moving and powerful.”Theatre Weekly

★★★★ “Excellent performances, dark humour, powerful.”Everything Theatre

“A gem of a play.”The Spectator

“Searing.”The Guardian