Radiant Vermin

Metal Rabbit & Supporting Wall in association with Soho Theatre present

Radiant Vermin

  • By Philip Ridley
  • Tue 17 – Sat 28 May 2016, 7.15pm (2.30pm Thu 26 matinee, 3.45pm Sat matinees)
  • £15 (£12.50)

Philip Ridley’s 2015 smash-hit housing crisis satire returns ahead of a New York transfer.

‘A darkly funny morality play… extraordinary.’
★★★★ Guardian

NOMINEE: OffWestEnd Best Actress & Best Actor Awards

Following its sell-out, award-nominated, nationally acclaimed premiere last year, Radiant Vermin returns for two weeks only ahead of a New York transfer to Off Broadway’s 59E59 Theatres.

Ollie and Jill want to tell you about their dream home. Some of the things they did to get it, you might find… shocking. But they want you to know they did it all for their baby…

Radiant Vermin is a wickedly comic satire about a young couple offered a way out of the housing crisis, and just how far they’d go to achieve it.

This showstopping comedy from internationally acclaimed ‘master of modern myth’ (Guardian) Philip Ridley won rave reviews in 2015. Playful, provocative and viciously sharp, Radiant Vermin is smartly directed by David Mercatali and designed by William Reynolds – reuniting the team behind multi-award-winning sell-outs Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle and Tonight With Donny Stixx.

Starring Scarlett Alice Johnson (Pramface, The Angry Brigade), Sean Michael Verey (Pramface, Stage Award-winner for Ridley’s Tonight With Donny Stixx) and Debra Baker (BBC Radio Drama Company, Ridley’s Vincent River).

Written by Time Out, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Award winner Philip Ridley.

Directed by Evening Standard Award nominee David Mercatali.

From the team behind 2013 Fringe First Award winner Dark Vanilla Jungle.

Running Time: 90mins
Age Recommendation: 14+

‘Terrific leading performers… a tour-de-force.’
New York Times

‘Very funny… truly haunting.’
★★★★ Independent

‘A deeply macabre, stingingly funny modern fairy tale… outrageous and surreal.’
★★★★ Financial Times

‘Fierce energy… dazzling performances.’
★★★★ Evening Standard

‘‘A darkly funny morality play… extraordinary.’
★★★★ Guardian

‘Endlessly inventive… beautifully written… the sheer joy of the performers is wonderful to watch… Brilliant!’
★★★★ Arts Desk

‘The most precise, intense and breathtaking piece of performance, masterfully directed.’
★★★★ Stage

‘A Thatcherite fairytale… a piquant little satire.’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘A fast-paced modern fairy-tale that burrows into the dark wormholes of the imagination.’
★★★★★ Exeunt

‘Hilarious… builds to an insane crescendo.’
★★★★★ TheatreCat

‘Dazzling comedy.’
★★★★ Public Reviews

‘Wickedly delightful… brilliantly written, fantastically staged and awesomely acted.’ ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1


Debra Baker, Scarlett Alice Johnson , Sean Michael Verey

Creative team

Written by
Philip Ridley
Directed by
David Mercatali
Designed by
William Reynolds