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Museum Of Austerity

Posted on: September 13th, 2021 by ettEditor

Witness the human stories of Austerity Britain in this arresting mixed reality installation. 

In 2016, the UN found that “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people were taking place throughout the UK. Wearing a mixed reality headset, you will enter a striking, holographic gallery that lays bare the consequences when state safety nets fail. 

This powerful installation combines the skills of theatre/XR director Sacha Wares with the in-depth knowledge of John Pring, editor of Disability News.

Running Time: 45 mins in total including headset familiarisation

Wheelchair Accessible

Audio Description 


Age: 18+

Content Warning:

Museum of Austerity contains material that some people may find distressing or find challenging to engage with. Go to the website for more information. 

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Posted on: May 11th, 2023 by ettEditor

We’re not going down without a fight

Lord’s, present day. It’s the Women’s Cricket World Cup: England versus India. There’s a rain delay. Stuck in the same locker room together, tensions mount, ambitions are laid bare and a whole new tactical game begins. Calcutta in the eighteenth century. Two British administrators in colonial India encounter challenges on the field of play that threaten the entire regime.

A co-production with Orange Tree Theatre & Bolton Octagon Theatre.

ETT supports the Anti-Racism Touring Rider which you can read about here.

Abigail’s Party

Posted on: March 21st, 2024 by ettEditor

2023 RTST Awards Winner Jack Bradfield breathes new life into this classic Mike Leigh favourite.

Beverly, the queen of suburbia, is hosting a cocktail party. Next door, 15-year-old Abigail is throwing a party of her own. No one can stop talking about Abigail’s Party. No one can stop thinking about Abigail’s Party.

Something must be done about Abigail’s Party.

An ETT, Northern Stage, Rose Theatre, and Colchester Mercury Theatre Co-Production

Age: 12+


Posted on: February 3rd, 2023 by ettEditor

A struggling and divided nation, tearing itself apart. So, when the Macbeths see their chance at the crown, why shouldn’t they take it? 

But things don’t go according to plan. Dreams quickly turn to nightmares, humanity erodes, nature stirs. As society strives to make sense of the darkness that sits inside it, how long will it take for people to fight back against the endless cycle of violence and corruption? 

An ETT production, in association with Bristol Old Vic. Originally co-produced by ETT, Shakespeare North Playhouse, Northern Stage & Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

This production contains strobe lighting and other strong lighting effects, as well as loud noises.

Content guidance: Murder, Infanticide, inference of child loss, stage blood, and violence against women. 

If you or someone you know would like support concerning the themes of violence against women and children you can find help here:

ETT supports the Anti-Racism Touring Rider which you can read about here.

The Ballad of Hattie and James

Posted on: November 13th, 2023 by ettEditor

At St Pancras International, a woman sits at the piano and begins to play. The music captivates commuters, tourists and, following a viral clip, millions people around the world. Behind the music is the incredible story of a lifelong duet – the ballad of Hattie and James.

Throughout their lives, Hattie and James find themselves inextricably linked with one another, for better or worse, and cannot help but replay the experiences that have shaped them.

An impassioned story from Samuel Adamson (Wife) that asks who gets to have their voice heard, and can you ever settle the score?

A Kiln Theatre and ETT co-production.

ETT supports the Anti-Racism Touring Rider which you can read about here.

F**ked Up Bedtime Stories

Posted on: June 23rd, 2022 by ettEditor

Strange stories for stranger times. With the contemporary world being the troubled, complicated, messy place it is – difficult enough for us to wrap our conscious minds around – we want to interrogate the ugly underbelly of what haunts our unconscious minds.

F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for Adults) consists of 7 stories from 7 writers, read by leading actors and put out as a podcast and listened to by audiences right before bedtime, all exorcising different and unique horrors from our world and from our lives.

Commissioned and Produced by ETT

I, Daniel Blake

Posted on: November 24th, 2022 by ettEditor

Dan is a carpenter.  A Geordie through and through.  Just on the mend after a heart attack. 

Katie has just arrived from London. Finally got a council house for her and the kids.  A fresh start. 

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most important stories of a generation.  A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens when the political system is stacked against you.  With 14.5 million* people living in poverty in the UK, this is not fiction.  It is reality. 

A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity and how sometimes creating a family to support you just isn’t enough.  The show is adapted for stage by Dave Johns who played Daniel Blake in the award winning 2016 film. 

*Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2022 Poverty Report. 

Age Guidance 14+

The show contains strong language, death and potentially triggering references to foodbanks, sex work and the benefits system.

A tiny dragon Productions and ETT co-production in association with Northern Stage, originally co-produced with Birmingham Rep and Oldham Coliseum


The Good Person of Szechwan

Posted on: May 26th, 2022 by ettEditor

“What is the cost of being good?”

In the hustle and bustle of a modern-day metropolis, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and Shen Te is doing all she can to get by.

When three gods reward her hospitality with a life-changing sum of money, Shen Te opens a tobacco shop and claims the stability she’s always dreamed of. But the struggle is not over yet; she is forced to question the cost of her own survival as she resorts to scheming and deceit to flourish in this capitalist world.

In its 80th anniversary, Brecht’s play is brought up to date in a new version by Nina Segal (In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises)), directed by Anthony Lau (Sheffield Theatres’ Anna Karenina).

Commissioned by ETT and co-produced by ETT, Sheffield Theatres and The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.

Mixed – The Monologue Series

Posted on: June 23rd, 2022 by ettEditor

Writers in the series include Javaad Alipoor, Jade Anouka, Lydia Ayame Hiraide, Mei Mei Macleod, Sabrina Mahfouz, Grace Savage, Testament and Jamael Westman, with more to be announced.

Mixed is a monologue project which revolves around representation of mixed-race identities. The 2021 census showed a further 40% increase in the number of people identifying as being from ‘mixed/multiple ethnic groups’ since 2011. And yet this burgeoning demographic isn’t really reflected in the stories we see on stage, where stories around mixed-race experiences are often generalised. In response to this gap in our industry, Director Ben Quashie came up with Mixed as a project focused on curating stories from a wide range of mixed race experiences and imagination of artists around the UK.  

Dramaturgs on the series include Kane Husbands (Artistic Director of The PappyShow) and Beth Kapila (Artistic Associate at Tara Theatre).

Mixed will be published and made available to the public and Drama students in 2023.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: May 26th, 2022 by ettEditor

2021 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award-winner, Denzel Westley-Sanderson breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.

This is a classic satire, vibrantly retold about dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.

Accompanying the tour is The Black Chronicles Exhibition in a Box, a pop-up photography display, showcasing studio portraits depicting sitters of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain. The display is part of Black Chronicles – The Missing Chapter, an ongoing curatorial research programme led by Autograph, focused on unearthing nineteenth century photographs of black presences in Britain’s archives.
Find out more about Autograph and The Black Chronicles