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A Pupil

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A Pupil follows the story of Simona, a disgraced former violinist preparing to end her life, who is persuaded to tutor an aspiring musician, throwing her plans into disarray. Read More >

A Pupil is a world premiere at the Park Theatre, merging classical concert and new writing to tell a truly touching tale.

In a dilapidated North London bedsit, Simona, a violinist once considered a prodigy , but is now disgraced, prepares to kill herself. The surprise arrival of Ye, an aspiring musician and wealthy heiress, throws her plans into disarray. Together the pair embark on a series of lessons that will test the limits of friendship, music, and success.

Fringe First-winning Bear Trap Theatre celebrate their 8th anniversary with this touching new play by Evening Standard Award-nominated writer Jesse Briton.

The play is directed by Jessica Daniels (Resident Director, Girl From the North Country) and features live classical music and original compositions by Colin Sell (I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue Radio 4). The cast comprises Lucy Sheen, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Melanie Marshall and Carolyn Backhouse.

A Pupil is a world premiere at the Park Theatre, merging classical concert and new writing.


Age Recommendation: 14+ i

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 31/10/2018

Opening Night: 5/11/2018

Closing Night: 24/11/2018

Running time: 1h30, no interval

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Cast & Creative


Ye - Lucy Sheen

Simona - Flora Spencer-Longhurst

Mary - Melanie Marshall

Phyllida - Carolyn Backhouse


Director - Jessica Daniels

Producer - Bear Trap and ​Kosky Productions ​in association with Park Theatre

Lighting Designer - Jessica Hung Han Yun

Sound - Bear Trap Theatre

Author - Jesse Briton

Music By - Colin Sell

About Park Theatre

Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

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