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About the Show Less...

Papatango's New Writing Prize-winning production looks at the impact of watching unforgivable crimes for a living. Read More >

Tom spends all his days surfing the net…

Because Tom works in child protection.

Faced with watching recordings of the most unforgivable crimes on a daily basis, in a job that barely anyone else can endure, Tom struggles to retain his humanity. Meeting Emily might just mean his life has changed for the better, but when your entire working life is spent watching the most terrible of crimes, can you ever go home and say “I love you”?

It is estimated that there are 50,000 – 60,000 regular viewers of child pornography in the UK alone. With reports of footage of abuse rising by 42% in the last six months, Unscorched examines the impact on those analysts confronting such footage every day.

Tackling an important and taboo subject with sensitivity, humour and courage, and chosen from more than 500 entries to win this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize, Luke Owen’s first play reveals a dramatist of exceptional promise.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 29/10/2013

Opening Night: 31/10/2013

Closing Night: 23/11/2013

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Cast & Creative


Richard Atwill, John Hodgkinson, Ronan Raftery, George Turvey, Eleanor Wyld


Director - Justin Audibert

Producer - Papatango in partnership with the Finborough theatre

Designer - Georgia Lowe

Lighting Designer - Joshua Carr

Sound - Richard Hammarton

Author - Luke Owen

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