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Design Rebecca Pitt

2023 Soho Theatre, London & UK National Tour
2022 Paines Plough Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh
2020 Vault Festival, London

A co-production with Ellie Keel Productions and MAST Mayflower Studios, in association with 45North

A contemporary thriller with ancient roots.


When a woman tells a lie to her girlfriend, a seed is planted that starts to grow in the darkness. Now roots are cracking up through the pavement and branches are coming in at the windows, and – as she starts to see things that no one else can - she becomes the focus of some seriously unwanted attention.

Atticist and Ellie Keel Productions collaborate again with a new play based on an old myth, about passion, power, and photosynthesis.

After a critically-acclaimed sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2022, Rafaella Marcus's multi-award-winning debut play returned for an extensive UK Tour and London run in 2023.

Written by Rafaella Marcus

Roundabout Cast Jessica Clark, Rebecca Banatvala

Vaults Cast Jessica Clark, Louisa Hollway

Development Cast Amanda WilkinEmma D'ArcyJessica Clark

Director Jessica Lazar

Movement Director Jennifer Fletcher

Associate Director Charlotte Vickers

Set & Costume Designer Rūta Irbīte

Lighting Designer David Doyle

Composer & Sound Designer Tom Foskett Barnes

Stage Manager (Edinburgh) Jordan Littlewood

Stage Manager (Tour) Max Juan-Balch

Production Manager (Edinburgh) Lucy Mewis-McKerrow

Production Manager (Vaults) Jennifer Lunn

Producers David Doyle, Tom Ford, Ellie Keel for Ellie Keel Productions

PR & Marketing Chloe Nelkin Consulting

🏆 Summerhall Lustrum Award 2022 WINNER

🏆 SoHo Playhouse Medal of Excellence 2022 WINNER

🏆 Holden Street Theatre Award 2022 FINALIST

🏆 OffFest Edinburgh Award 2022 NOMINEE

🏆 The Stage Edinburgh Award 2022 WINNER - JESSICA CLARK

★★★★★ Three Weeks 'ferocious veracity'

★★★★★ Theatre Reviews

★★★★★ Broadway Baby 'Marcus’ 70 minute debut play flew by.'

★★★★★ The Queer Review 'Funny, dark and impactful...full of surprising twists.'

★★★★★ The Spy In The Stalls 'luminous'

★★★★★ Liam O'Dell 'absolutely astonishing'

★★★★ The Guardian ‘A glorious tapestry of a play.’

★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Stage ‘Marcus’ play takes an ancient story and makes it box fresh.’

★★★★ The Scotsman ‘It’s exceptionally rare to encounter something that blends genres so skilfully – and enjoyably – as


★★★★ The FT 'a thriller in miniature' 

★★★★ Broadway World ‘An extraordinary, mythical, intricate piece of new theatre.’

★★★★ British Theatre 'A confident, funny, disturbing and unsettling play well worth your Fringe time.'

★★★★ Theatre Weekly 'a thrilling rollercoaster'

★★★★ WhatsOnStage 'A top-notch hour'

★★★★ Stagewire 'a powerful piece of storytelling'

★★★★ Voice Mag 'a dark and modern reimagining'

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