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By Kenny Emson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848428614, 88 pages, June 2019


Nadia and Daniel have a secret. In fact they have quite a few. They've just signed on the dotted line for a studio flat. Under a pseudonym, naturally – Mr and Mrs White.

After years of school pick-ups, TV takeaways, and the day-to-day drudgery of married life, this is their chance to wipe the slate clean. But as much as they try and redefine the rules, and themselves, the outside world is closing in.

Ultra-contemporary, sexy and funny, Kenny Emson's play Rust pushes the boundaries of trust, love and lust to the limit.  

Rust premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, ahead of transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and HighTide Festival in 2019, in a co-production between the Bush and HighTide.


"A superbly well-tuned piece of writing. "

- Evening Standard

"A sharp, swift, compelling two-hander. .. a smart and arrestingly stylish piece of new writing. "

- The Times

"Renders the pleasures, sexual and emotional, of having an affair with tenderness and care. "

- Broadway World

"A smart, sharply written new play. .. the storytelling is gripping, its observations are emotionally true, and its ideas are lively and thought-provoking. .. tells its story with flair and fullness. "

- The Arts Desk

"A touching 75-minute duologue exploring the intentions, complications, and after-effects of extra-marital affair. .. acute and searingly fast-paced. "

- LondonTheatre1

"An astute, compelling account of an extramarital affair… Emson writes with wit and fine emotional precision. "

- Financial Times