Imogen Hudson-Clayton's LAVA LAMPS @ RADA, June 24th


Written and performed by Imogen Hudson-Clayton

Playing at RADA’S Gielgud Theatre, Wednesday 24th June, 4pm

Tickets available here:


Isn’t it funny… the places people don’t talk? On the tube, the bus, in a waiting room. Sexual health clinics are my favourite. Everyone sits there in absolute silence. Some are embarrassed or ashamed, some seem proud… but they all seem like they’ve got a dirty little secret. It’s the same in a waiting room for an interview.”


Three unique women.

Their names: Lover, Worker, Mother.

Each keep a universe inside them.

Oh, and then there’s George…

Join them on a journey of love, lust, heartache and hilarity.

A One-Woman Show about what women demand from life and what it demands of them.


Imogen Hudson-Clayton’s Lava Lamps is a one-woman show about three women. She has been living with them for quite some time. They are each very different: one is open, the other is closed, and the third… is not quite sure.

A clever person once said: “Fear grows if you don’t look at it”. Well, these three women dare to look, and so far it hasn’t got any smaller.

Lover - Craves drink, cigarettes and sex. There is no limit to her craving. George has summoned her to him, and she is going… because she wants to. But what if she feels too much and he feels too little?

Worker – Wants promotion. Deserves it. Charts have gone missing, but she loves a challenge. Thrives off them. Today is the biggest challenge of all. Worker can take on the World. But can green tea really cure cancer?

Mother - Suffering from baby brain. She doesn’t remember what time Social Worker Steven is coming to visit, she doesn’t know how to arrange her living room, her post-baby hips don’t look like Kim Kardashian’s, and she accidentally left George unattended. What if she does that again, this time on purpose?

Each woman has a particular relationship with the audience, sharing moments of public brilliance and private calamity. As life becomes a precarious, adrenaline-filled business, the characters begin to find new possibilities in themselves and in each other. Should their lives be more than about survival? Why shouldn’t they demand the impossible? And what if there really is NOTHING worse than a dry leg?

Part stand-up comedy, part confessional story-telling and part voyeurism, Lava Lamps is light, sexy, witty, poetic, playful, angry and dark - rather like its subject. A year into its development, the show has transformed as Imogen discovers more about her characters and the nature of women. See it twice and you’ll see two different shows.


Imogen Hudson-Clayton (Writer and Performer) trained at RADA and Rose Bruford College. Inspired by her trip to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013, seeing such productions as Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Imogen was keen to write her own one-woman show to encapsulate the experiences of women. Imogen Hudson-Clayton is an emerging young artist with a sophisticated and unique voice.

David Zoob (Dramaturg and Director) was Associate Director at The Royal Theatre Northampton and Theatr Clwyd before taking up his current post as Senior Lecturer at Rose Bruford College. He has just returned to the UK from directing Maxim Gorky’s Philistines in Regina Canada and his recent production of the Words I Should Have Said to Phoebe Lewis by Jim English will tour to venues in the north of England, for End Of The Line Productions this summer. He has directed shows at the ICA, Stratford Circus, BAC, Greenwich Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre London. He is Artistic Director of Sacred and Profane Theatre Company.




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