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Theatre Royal Plymouth
April 18 - May 07, 2023
Run Time:
1 Hour, 5 Minutes
Showing in Theater
$30 (59E59 Member price: $25)

Show Info

By Laura Horton
Directed by Stephanie Kempson

With Madeleine MacMahon

What happens when the things we covet hide us from ourselves?

Opening up to new experiences in her late-thirties, Sophie is exploring long repressed sides of herself. When a secret she’s keeping from those she loves, and even from herself, threatens to unravel it all, she must make a choice. Who or what will she decide to give up?

Breathless is a funny, honest, and stylish exploration of the knife-edge of hoarding, from the joy to the addiction and suffocating shame. 

Originally supported by Pleasance as part of the Edinburgh National Partnerships

Holly Harbottle,
Sound Design
Ellie Showering,
Natasha Whitley,
Lighting Design
Dan Heesem,
Associate Lighting Design

Producing Company

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre Royal Plymouth is a registered charity providing art, education and community engagement throughout Plymouth and the wider region. We engage and inspire many communities through performing arts and we aim to touch the lives and interests of people from all backgrounds. We do this by creating and presenting a breadth of shows on a range of scales, with our extensive creative engagement programmes, by embracing the vitality of new talent and supporting emerging and established artists, and by collaborating with a range of partners to provide dynamic cultural leadership for the city of Plymouth.

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★★★★★ "Breathless was effortlessly entertaining, and moving." – Voice Mag

★★★★ "Laura Horton’s sensitive and sharply observed script, based on her own experiences of hoarding clothes, is beautifully performed by Madeleine MacMahon, who embodies her character like a tailor-made dress." – The Scotsman

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