“Hello? Are you squished? Have I squelched you?”

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“[a] whimsical, absurdist vignette … Quick, tight, and frankly bizarre, this bite-size snippet unquestionably and unpretentiously amuses and entertains.” ★★★★  – Broadway World

“surreal fun with a strong vocal performance.” – Theatremonkey

“witty and surreal …  Thompson brings her distinctive voice to the short but imaginative piece.” ★★★★ – The Artiscape

“Carr’s writing is very visual and evokes a lot of curiosity … enthralling.” – A Younger Theatre

– What listeners said –


“Absolutely, thoroughly, upliftingly brilliant. Great performance, dazzling writing with proper guffaws as punctuation.”

“What an absolute treat!!”

“Loved this piece. Great work all round. Lovely bit of madness.”

Featured in Only In Newcastle – “New stories finding ways to be told”

When a woman’s bath falls through the floor into the flat below, she meets her downstairs neighbour for the very first time.

This unforeseen meeting raises plenty of questions. Why is the bath full of tabloids and celebrity magazines? Where are all of the downstairs neighbour’s belongings? Is it possible to have too much stuff? Is it possible to have too little?

STUFF was first produced by Bitter Pill and directed by Max Elton as part of their Painkiller Project, an initiative to keep producing new writing  until theatres in the UK reopen. They plan to stage highlights from the project in front of an audience at a point after this becomes a possibility.

The play is performed by Olivier-Award winning actor Sophie Thompson. Sophie won last year’s WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Present Laughter (Old Vic). Her other theatre credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Classic Spring Theatre), The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court/West End), Into the Woods (Dommar Warehouse). Film includes: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Persuasion, Emma, Dancing in Lughnasa, Gosford Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Television includes: Inside Number 9, EastEnders, Detectorists, Coronation Street, Feel Good.