Blackout by Davey Anderson

Blackout poster

A co-production with Reading Rep

19 Feb 2016 to 20 Feb 2016Reading Studio

In a co-production with Reading Rep theatre company & Artemis Medusa students, we present 'Blackout' by Davey Anderson. This show is part of the National Theatre Connections 500 festival.

The show will open in Reading Studio (Kings Road, Reading) for three performances across 19th & 20th Feb. It will then transfer to The Waterman Theatre in London on 30th April 2016. Tickets are £5, and are available from

Blackout  is Inspired by the true story of a young offender from Glasgow who had committed a violent crime, a hard-hitting play about getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again.

For the third year, ten members of Artemis Medusa Teen Theatre Company will take part in the National Theatre Connections programme. This year they will collaborate with 10 members of Reading Studio led by Reading Rep, to perform ‘Blackout’ a tough story about a Glasgow teen who has a traumatic childhood, leading up to a violent mistake. Directed by the cast, with guidance form Artemis Director Niki Robinson. 

We need Medusa, friends and family to come and support the show if possible - we are being judged by the National Theatre and Watermans Theatre.

We need to sell 40 seats for each performance :-) The cast have taken part for free, and all revenue from ticket sales will go towards the expenses for the show. All staff have given their time for free. We are very excited about this production, and really hope the National Theatre pick it to show in their space in summer.

The play is one act, roughly 45mins long, and has been directed by the cast. 

Show times:
Friday 7pm
Saturday 5pm

Location: Reading Studio, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading.   

A small number of tickets will be available on the door - but pre-booking is suggested as it is a limited capacity. 

The show is part of Artemis' commitment to providing FREE classes wherever possible to keen young performers. This project was rehearsed at Reading Studio on Tuesday evenings for three weeks, followed by a full week at half term. The cast will return to reprise the show at the end of April. The license to participate was obtained by Artemis, the space to rehearse and perform was provided by Reading Rep, and Directors Niki Robinson (Artemis) and Paul Stacey (Reading Rep) gave their time for free.

Look out for our FREE summer schools with classes in drama and dance for over 600 young people in August!

Stephen Harrison