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Theatre Royal Plymouth presents Breathless at Soho Theatre

Tue 07 – Sat 18 Feb 2023

What happens when the things we covet hide us from ourselves? Opening up to new experiences in her late-thirties, Sophie is exploring long repressed sides of herself. When a secret she’s keeping from those she loves, and even from herself, threatens to unravel it all, she must make a choice. Who or what will she decide to give up?

Heading to Soho, following its Fringe First winning run in Edinburgh, Breathless is a funny, honest, and stylish exploration of the knife-edge of hoarding, from the joy to the addiction and suffocating shame. From Laura Horton, Plymouth Laureate of Words, own experience of clothes hoarding.

Originally supported by Pleasance as part of the Edinburgh National Partnerships


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Voice Mag

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The List

Second finalist of the Popcorn New Writing Award and Fringe First winner

Running time:
65 min approx

Age guideline:

This show contains strong language.


Laura Horton – Writer

Stephanie Kempson – Director

Madeline Macmahon – Actor

Natasha Whitley – Associate Lighting Designer

Ellie Showering – Composer

Dan Heesem – TSM, Operator and Lighting Designer

Ben Lyon-Ross – TRP Producer

Hugh Borthwick – TRP Head of Production

Holly Harbottle – TRP Sound Designer

Ellie Woolman – TRP Marketing Officer


Find out more details about Hoarding UK, the only UK-wide charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by hoarding behaviours, here.