Ustinov Studio Kacey Ainsworth


by James Fritz; Directed by Angharad Jones
  • 19 & 20 May

Event Information


Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Showing from Tue 19 — Wed 20 May

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

“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 unthinkable disaster, in a small town, elsewhere a young man called Vin finds he can no longer speak.

Vin’s friend Rach is determined to help him recover his voice. But when a charismatic and articulate survivor arrives in town, who thinks talking – or even singing – about your suffering is he way to heal, Vin’s plight is suddenly eclipsed…

From award-winning playwright James Fritz, LAVA is a funny, tender, necessary story about human connection in the face of the inexplicable.

The cast includes Kacey Ainsworth, most well known as long-running character Little Mo in Eastenders. More recently, the award-winning actress has starred in ITV’s Grantchester  and BBC’s Moving On. Onstage, she recently played Mrs Lovett in the Liverpool Everyman production of Sweeney Todd where she received rave reviews for her performance.

Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 May


Tickets £17.50 / £14 discounts

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

A Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse co-production

Written by James Fritz
Directed by Angharad Jones


Jamie – Fred Fergus

Rach – Safiyya Ingar

Vicky – Kacey Ainsworth

Vin – Dan Parr

Associate Director – Laura Ford
Producer – Corinne Salisbury
Designer – Amy Jane Cook
Lighting – Alexandra Stafford
Sound – Dan Balfour
Video – Louise Rhoades-Brown
Dramaturg – Nic Wass

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: Print At Home tickets are only valid as A4 printouts. We cannot currently accept tickets presented on phones/tablets.

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