Monday 24 August - Sunday 25 October 2015


Monday 24 - 31 August


Monday 1 September - Sunday 25 October


Various from 6pm (Mon - Fri)
Various from 12pm (Sat - Sun)


£15 - £25


Theatre & Performance


The Ditch, Council Chamber & Mayor's Parlour


A young woman enters a hotel. She is magnetic and compelling, yet strangely detached, as if in a dream; she knows everyone, yet is utterly alone; she has many lovers, but loves no one; she is 18 years old - or is she 80?

ABSENT is partly inspired by The Duchess of Argyll's residence at a central London hotel from the 1970s until the 80s, when she was finally evicted, having run out of friends and credit.

Threading its way through the maze-like basements of Shoreditch Town Hall, ABSENT will create a multi-layered journey mixing film, installation and a haunting soundtrack by Lapalux to create an increasingly labyrinthine dream world that merges past, present and future.

The Telegraph
Whats On Stage
The New York Times

"Fleeting, maddening and unbearably heart-rending."

"The kind of show that can change your world."

"Absent is at once absolutely compelling and, in its unforced commentary on soullessness, deeply sad."

Production Images
Commissioned by

Shoreditch Town Hall, LIFT and Left Coast

Supported by

Arts Council England

Image by

Jim Stephenson

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