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Ivy is a site-specific show by award-winning writer Helena Thompson. Originally commissioned for Radio 4, it was pick of the week in the Radio Times. The play is set in an old building that’s about to be torn down, and will take place in partnership with Southwark Playhouse in a secret location. It concerns a green-fingered old woman who refuses to leave her squat, and whose plants seem to have hallucinogenic powers…

Ivy sold out and extended its run in 2016. It took place in a secret location with Southwark Playhouse. It concerned a green-fingered old woman whose plants seemed to have hallucinogenic powers…



Ivy – Leda Hodgson

Chloe – Charlotte Salkind


Helena Thompson – Writer

Mel Cook – Director

Shan Rixon – Producer

Emily Megson – Production Designer

Federico Angelini – Production Manager

Jordan Mallory-Skinner – Sound Designer

Greg Jordan – Lighting Designer

Connie Treves – Assistant Director and Stage Manager


‘A thrilling script from Thompson and a well-done production from SPID Theatre Company; fresh and interesting work from a company that we all should keep an eye on’ A Younger Theatre

‘A poetically rich, and fiercely-acted performance, resulting in a gripping and emotive story,’ Alba Writes, 4 stars

Wonderful as well as weird. The director, Mel Cook, rose to the challenge of turning a radio play into interactive theatre and did a great job. It was a pleasure to see that everyone involved in the production was enjoying it as much as the audience, including me,’ Player Playwrights

Expect the unexpected.You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll get angry, and more …Rating: 4 stars out of 5′ Exposure youth magazine

“One of the best performances I’ve seen this year. Brilliantly staged as an immersive performance (think Shunt at the Vaults). Fantastic acting and great script. Don’t miss this!” Audience Reviews, 5 stars.

‘The tense atmosphere is subtly taken to a new level, no line in this play is redundant,’ Theatre Bubble, 4 stars



SPID acknowledge the support given by Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance  www.bruford.ac.uk  and funding from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and BBC Children In Need