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The Whiskey Taster

This show has now closed, please visit our London Shows page for a full list of current productions.

About the Show Less...

The fast-paced lives of two high-flying advertising wonder kids are slowed by a new team member in this play about seeing things too clearly in a city that never stands still. Read More >

The Whiskey Taster follows advertising wonder kids Barney and Nicola, who win accounts with wit, charm and a secret weapon, Barney’s ability to feel, smell and taste colours, and to translate these sensations into words.
Lately Barney has been finding things way too colourful and wishes his full-throttle London life was more black and white, but Nicola is hell bent on winning accounts at all costs.

When the two hire an old Scottish Whisky Taster to help them with a new campaign, his strange wisdom slows the Londoners to a stop, just as the deadline looms.
Written by James Graham, who won the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for Eden’s Empire and also contributed to the Bush theatre’s summer 2009 piece, The Whiskey Taster is a technicolour story about seeing things too clearly in a city that never stands still.

For more about The Whiskey Taster at the Bush theatre read the First Night Feature or Big Interview with Samuel Barnett and John Stahl.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 20/01/2010

Opening Night: 26/01/2010

Closing Night: 20/02/2010

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Samuel Barnett, Kate O'Flynn, Simon Merrells, Chris Larkin, John Stahl


Director - James Grieve

Producer - Bush theatre

Designer - Lucy Osborne

Lighting Designer - James Farncombe

Author - James Graham

About Bush Theatre

7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8LJ

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