Ustinov Studio


by James Fritz
  • 6 & 7 May

Event Information

Evenings 8pm

Age guidance 14+

Fri 6 — Sat 7 May

“He can’t speak.” “What, at all?”

Boy meets girl. Boy can’t talk to girl.

And a small asteroid has hit the capital city.

It was ridiculous. Impossible. But it happened. As London adjusts to life after an unthinkable disaster, in a small town far away, a young man called Vin finds he can no longer speak. Is it shock? Grief? Or something else?

While Vin’s mum Vicky struggles with a loss of her own, his friend Rach is determined to help him find a way out of silence. But when Rach’s family take in a charismatic and articulate survivor, who thinks talking – or even singing – about your suffering is the way to heal, Vin’s plight is suddenly eclipsed…

In a world that celebrates self-expression, what happens to those who can’t express themselves? And what lengths will we go to to make sense of our sadness?

From award-winning playwright James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Parliament Square, Ross & Rachel), LAVA is a play for the moment: a funny, tender and moving story about friendship and reconnection in the aftermath of catastrophe.

★★★★ “Compassionate, warm and funny” The Stage

Age guidance 14+



Friday 6 & Saturday 7 May

Evenings 8pm

Tickets £18.50 / £14.50 discounts

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies

Written by James Fritz

Kacey Ainsworth as Vicky
Bethany Antonia as Rach
Dan Parr as Vin
Oli Higginson as Jamie

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets CAN  be shown on smartphones or tablets upon entry

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here