HighTide Theatre and Soho Theatre present the world premiere of Pastoral by Thomas Eccleshare.

They first noticed it a few weeks ago, creeping round the war memorial and through the crack outside Subway. Just little weeds at first, little sprouts. Herbs and reeds and wild mushrooms. It’s amazing how quickly they’re growing.

Moll thinks she’s going on holiday but something more sinister is afoot. As menacing cats and strutting voles advance, a dangerously fertile countryside just keeps on growing – humanity is on the brink.

A darkly funny and highly original first play be Thomas Eccleshare, the winner of the Verity Bargate Award, starring Anna Calder-Marshall (The Republic of Happiness, Royal Court; Sal, Root & Rose, Trafalgar Studios; The House of Bernarda Alba, The Royal Exchange).

The Verity Bargate Aware is Soho Theatre’s national competition for the best new play by an emerging writer.

Pastoral opened at HighTide Festival 2013 then transferred to the Soho Theatre.

‘Full of bleak poetry and hilarious stage action.’


Cast & Creatives

  • Nigel Betts Mr Plumb
  • Anna Calder-Marshall Moll
  • Bill Fellows Ocado Man
  • Richard Riddell Hardy
  • Carrie Rock Bride
  • Morag Siller Mrs Plumb
  • Hugh Skinner Manz
  • Thomas Eccleshare Writer
    Thomas Eccleshare is a writer, performer and theatre maker trained at the Jacques Lecoq School. He is the co-artistic director of award-winning visual theatre company Dancing Brick, with whom he has toured nationally and internationally. As a playwright he has won the Verity Bargate Award, the Catherine Johnson Award and been nominated for an Off West End Award for most promising playwright. He writes regularly for TV and film and last year was the recipient of the inaugural JJ BAFTA Screenwriting Bursary. He is currently on attachment at the Royal Court.
  • Steve Marmion Director
  • Philip Gladwell Lighting Designer
  • Michael Vale Designer
  • Tom Mills Music and Sound
  • Nadine Rennie CDG Casting Director
  • David Luff Producer
  • Pam Nichol Production Manager
  • Charlotte Bennett Assistant Director
  • Dan Styles Fight Consultant
  • Steve Andrews Associate Lighting Designer
  • Steve Seymour Associate Sound Designer
  • Sarah Mills Costume Supervisor
  • Kate Schofield Company Stage Manager
  • Ruthie Philip-Smith Deputy Stage Manager
  • Nicola Morris Assistant Stage Manager