Descent Theatre

Descent is a new writing event.

We hand-pick the best scripts, choose the most exciting directors and find the finest emerging acting talent. Then we fuse the lot together and present it on a stage.
Our focus is on the writers. We help them to develop their work in collaboration with the director and actors through the rehearsal process to ready their script for performance. We then gather written audience feedback during the night so that after the show, the writers may continue to improve and refine their piece.

The plays can take any form, from monologues to ensembles and can (and usually do) cover any topic; births, deaths, staying in, coming out, stealing shoes, giving advice, confiding in strangers, shouting at colleagues, inertia, time travel, broken hearts, disembodied hands – whatever the writer wants to say.
All we ask is that it’s never been performed before.

Each night showcases five brilliant original scripts, compered by a stand-up comedian. Truly fantastic theatre can take you somewhere you’ve never been before.
We’re jumping down the rabbit hole, join us on the Descent…

Descent began in July 2010 as a one-off night of performance in a record shop in Clerkenwell. But after a sell-out audience and incredible feedback we knew
the night should return. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, continuing to garner capacity crowds and receiving overwhelming numbers of script submissions.

We’ve performed at venues all over London including The Union Theatre, LiT Space, Vault Festival in association with The Old Vic Tunnels and Rich Mix.
We are always looking for new writers, directors and actors to be involved and new venues to call home. We want this fantastic writing to be open to all.

Descent was founded and is run by actor Stephanie Lodge, writer Keziah Warner and directors Faye Merralls and Martin Leonard.

Faye Merralls | Artistic Director

Faye oversees all aspects of the company with particular focus on the directors we choose for each piece.
Outside of Descent she is studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s CollegeLondon and the Globe Theatre and works freelance as a director.
Descent credits include: Holding on to Helen, by James King; 24 Hours, by Chloe Ewart; and Babies, by Ben Coren.
Other credits include: (as Assistant Director) Old Bomb Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night at The Nursery and Is there anything I could wear? by Tom Green at Theatre 503.

Stephanie Lodge | Producer

Stephanie deals with the production side of the company including liaising with venues, fundraising and casting for the shows.
She has a BA (Hons) in Acting from Italia Conti Academy and has just completed a course in Chekhov at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City.
Descent credits include: (as actor) Sometimes Looking Up, Many Happy Returns, Something Borrowed and Blind Date, (as director) Reaper's Close and Swings and
Other credits include: Prose and Cons (Union Theatre), Mrs Affleck (National Theatre), The Single Utamaro (Carriageworks, Leeds), Pinocchio (Colourhouse Theatre), Session One (Theatre 503).

Keziah Warner | Literary Manager

Keziah handles all script submissions and selection, as well as corresponding with the writers during rehearsals and post-performance.
Keziah is a playwright and also works as a producer and in theatre marketing. Descent credits include: Nothing Ever Happens, Together, Milkman, Thornaby and 13.
Other credits include: Everything She Ever Said To Me (The Basement, Auckland), Shanty (Short + Sweet Festival, NZ), Silk (The Basement), Friday (The Rose Theatre), Confidence (Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’11), Jockey For Position (Southwark Playhouse), The Rules of Gold (Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’10)

Martin Leonard | Resident Director

Martin brings his directing talent to Descent, choosing a range of pieces to showcase his skills – a firm favourite amongst our regulars.
Martin works freelance as a director and is also a co-producer with Silent Opera. Descent credits include: It's Bad News I'm Afraid by Angie Fullman, Imaginary Playtime by Andrew Maddock, Fitting Room by Mat Burt, Rat's Nest by Michael Ross, and Just Google It by Vanessa Fergus.


“…brilliantly funny, complex and well-paced; with the tension slowly building up to a riotous conclusion […] dialogue was witty and incisive…”
StageWon on Holding on to Helen by James King

“thought provoking, funny and unsettlingly realistic”
StageWon on Just Google It by Vanessa Fergus

“Florez’s dialogue was sharp, clever and fast-paced, making this a hugely enjoyable and accomplished piece.”
Faded Glamour on Closure by Dave Florez

“Both actors displayed great comic delivery, doing justice to the highly original,entertaining and amusing script.”
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