New magical-realist play about grief featuring a tiger comes to Omnibus Theatre

A brand new magical-realist play about grief, featuring a tiger, comes to Omnibus Theatre in November.

Tiger is the second play by writer and actor Joe Eyre, and makes its full length debut at the Clapham venue from 7 November – 2 December 2023.

Presented in association with Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, the show will also host a series of additional events including a Death Café – a free safe space where anyone can come together and share personal experiences of bereavement and loss.

Making up the cast are Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Luke Nunn and Meg Lewis.

Alice is grieving and she’s lost her way. Oli is a doctor but he can’t make her better.

Struggling to make rent, they advertise for a flatmate and a mysterious stranger called Tiger arrives: they’re the strangest person you could meet, but to Alice, Tiger makes perfect sense.

Blurring the lines between comedy and tragedy, the real and the imaginary, this moving new play explores the mysteries of grief: how we befriend it, get lost in it, and find a way to live with it.

The production is directed by Myles O’Gorman with set and costume design by Hazel Low, lighting design by Cheng Keng, sound design by Jamie Lu and is presented by Jessie Anand Productions.

Director Myles O’Gorman said: “I first met Joe over a year ago and was immediately struck by how his writing radiates humanity. Tiger’s innovation is to mix this strong, realistic dialogue with the surreal. Grief can completely alter our world and so too can it alter the form of a play, giving birth to a talking, playful and comforting Tiger. I’ve been excited by the work we’ve put in over the past year, a close collaboration that has already allowed me to look at grief in new ways. I can’t wait for audiences to join us, to meet this incredible play and its indomitable characters.”

Emma-Louise Naef at Royal Trinity Hospice added: “We are delighted to be partnering with the team from Tiger. Part of the mission of Royal Trinity Hospice is to improve the relationship our community has with death, dying and bereavement. We believe that by exploring these themes and feeling comfortable hearing and talking about them, we can take comfort knowing that our wishes and views have been shared and get on with making the best of every moment we have. Through the activities that the Tiger team and Royal Trinity Hospice are partnering on over the course of the show’s run, we feel hopeful that more people across our community will feel confident and empowered to explore themes that previously may have felt too difficult, with the people who matter the most to them.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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