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Theatre Royal Plymouth presents Breathless

Mon 31 Oct – Wed 02 Nov 2022

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?

Returning to Plymouth from 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

Steph Kempson – Director

Madi Macmahon – Actor

Dan Heesem – TSM and Operator

Ben Lyon-Ross – Head of Artist Development

Hugh Borthwick – Head of Production

Holly Harbottle – Sound Designer

Dan Mitcham – Head of Sound

Matt Hoyle – Head of Technical

Natasha Whitley – Lighting Designer

John Purkis – Drum and Lab Manager

Ellie Woolman – Marketing Officer


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