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By Margaret Perry
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848428393, 48 pages, August 2019


Essie's lost her job. Her girlfriend's left. But she's alright. Except lately she feels more like a chair than a person. One of those folding chairs. Solid one minute. And then.

Margaret Perry's play Collapsible is a funny, furious monologue about holding on in this collapsing world. It was premiered at the 2019 VAULT Festival, London, where it won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work.

It transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2019 (winning the Fishamble New Writing Award), and the Bush Theatre, London, in 2020, in a co-production between Ellie Keel Productions and HighTide.


“Perry's writing is sharp. .. a modern Beckettian cry for help. ”

- Guardian

“Luminescent and often startling. .. Perry writes with clarity and insight about mental unravelling and she achieves a wonderful balancing act. ”

- The Stage

“Unequivocally an outstanding piece of theatre. It cuts through stereotypical representations of those suffering with poor mental health, hitting on the raw, painful truth. ”

- A Younger Theatre