OVO takes on the contemporary greats this Spring


This March, Maltings Arts Theatre’s resident company, OVO, are set to present Sea Wall and T5, two emotionally devastating monologues by Simon Stephens and Splendour, Abi Morgan’s tale of secrets and revolution.

Perhaps best known for his stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which enjoyed a four-year run in the West End and won him the Olivier award in 2013, Simon Stephens is now regarded as one of our leading contemporary playwrights. Sea Wall, Alex’s story of love, family and devastating heartache, was critically acclaimed when it premiered in London in 2008, before going on to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and developed a cult following when released as a film starring Andrew Scott of Sherlock fame. T5 is the story of one woman’s guilt at having not intervened when witnessing a violent and brutal attack on a teenager and deals with her suffocating shame and regret.



Directed by OVO regular, Andrew Margerison and starring Stephen Cunningham as Alex in Sea Wall and Zoe Coxon in T5, both monologues lend themselves perfectly to our intimate studio space, packing a powerful emotional punch.

Long established as a hugely successful playwright, Abi Morgan has gained a wider following through authoring scripts for a number of popular films and TV shows including The Iron Lady, The Hour, Birdsong and River. Splendour tells the story of four women awaiting the arrival of a dictator, as civil war rages outside the presidential palace. In this tense and riveting early work, Morgan highlights the fragility of power and gives us a glimpse into the minds of four very different women as their world turns.

Starring a quartet of Hertfordshire’s finest actresses, this production is directed by OVO regular Janet Podd, who directed Playhouse Creatures, another all-female play, to great acclaim in 2015.