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IdeasLAB is Theatre Royal Plymouth’s platform for the sharing and development of new work, taking place once per season. Join us for a night of 4 short scratch performances from some of the South West’s most vibrant artists.

IdeasLAB provides an opportunity for our artists to receive written audience feedback. We kindly invite you to share your thoughts with us in the ground floor Front of House bar after the performances where you can redeem a free drink with your ticket (selected drinks only).

If you have any access requirements, please call the Box Office on 01752 267222 to book your ticket.

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Running time:
1 hour (approx.)

Age guideline:


El – written and performed by Ruby Woods

With Artist Mentorship from Ryan Wilce and Far Flung Dance Theatre

After losing a parent, Eloise is faced with the task of organising a funeral, holding everyone else’s emotions while still processing her own. This semi-autobiographical play explores the complexity of grief and parental relationships through a sensory lead journey.

Content Warnings: This performance contains strong language and references to death and abuse.

A Silent Era – by Sleight of

Creative Team by Ellie Chadwick, Depi Gorgogianni, Natalie Raven, Luke Chadwick

Performed by Melissa Barrett and Rachel Grainger

A Silent Era is a dynamic and lively exploration of women’s heritage of silence and invisibility in the film industries. The play jumps and skips through time from the boom of women writers/directors/producers in silent era cinema, to the erasure of female creative voices and side-lining of their contributions in post-war Hollywood, to the momentous lawsuit initiated by the group of female filmmakers known as the Original Six, and beyond. These women all have had something important to say that has been elided over time.

Content Warnings: This performance features some strong language and flickering lights.

Margarine – by Charlie Ranken

Performed by Bernie Molton, Becky Martin, Leroy Ward, Daryl Smith Wightman

Today, one of us stll drinks too much, sleeps too little and reminisces far too much about missed opportunities of youth and the other carries a fish around in a bag. End of story really.

Content Warnings: This performance contains strong language.

I Think We’ll Stay – by Sneaky Beast

Two performers, each dressed, head to toe in brightly coloured pom-pom-suits. Behind them, the projected images of news stories and ‘debates’ on their bodies. A ‘conversation’, one side and completely silent. This highly visual, compelling immersive performance explores what our bodies mean to us and the feeling of home we can find and create within them. Dealing with themes of visibility, invisibility, unspoken connection and finding yourself. I Think We’ll Stay gives people the space to look inward and reflect on their own journeys and the joy that is to come.

Content Warnings: This performance contains references to transphobia and loud noises.