National Youth Music Theatre presents

Catastrophe Bay

by Kit Buchan and Jim Barne
15 - 17 AUG 2024

Ticket Prices:
£35 Standard | £28 Concession | £110 Family Ticket * | £72 Season Pass**


Catastrophe Bay is a brand-new folk musical by successful British writing duo Jim Barne and Kit Buchan (Two Strangers Carry a Cake across New York, Kiln Theatre/West End). The musical will sweep audiences away on a tide to another time and place populated by exotic characters from around the world. With a backdrop of smugglers and wreckers, deep in the wilds of Cornwall lies the tiny fishing village of Newfrock, the inhabitants are a curious and mischievous gaggle of misfits – who abide by a strange patchwork of rituals and beliefs to protect the village’s secrets.

When newcomer Murdo Moxy – freelance crook and con artist – enters their midst with his roguish daughter in tow, it sets off a series of events for the townsfolk to grapple with. Inspired by a vast language of British and European folk songs, Catastrophe Bay is as rich and hearty as a night in a candlelit tavern, whilst storms rage outside.

As part of NYMT’s commitment to finding and developing exceptional New Musicals, every year the organisation offers young performers the chance to be involved in a brand-new musical. Alongside this, there is also an opportunity for the NYMT young company to be part of a workshop for another new musical development. These week-long projects are led by NYMT’s Creative Team alongside composers, lyricists, and book writers, and culminate in a performance to friends and family.


Theatre: Main Space

Thu – Sat: 7.30pm

Fri & Sat: 2.30pm

Running Time: 150 mins (TBC) including interval

No re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production may contain flashing lights and loud noises. Please reach out to the box office team if you have any concerns.

The Company

Kit Buchan
Jim Barne
Alex Sumner Hughes
Julia Cave
Alex Bellamy
Stewart J. Charlesworth
Beth Gupwell
Josh Robins

Book Tickets

Catastrophe Bay

at Venue: Elephant SE11

*NYMT Family Ticket: £110 for four people to attend one performance where at least one ticket-holder is Under 16. Discount will apply automatically at checkout. Not valid for Saturday night.

**NYMT Season Pass: £72 for one ticket to each show (Into The Woods, Catastrophe Bay, Our House) when booked at the same time. Discount will apply automatically at checkout.

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

Once an enquiry form has been submitted the box office team will be in touch to confirm and invoice within 1-2 working days. If you have any questions please contact

Submit a Group Booking Enquiry

Local Restaurant

Exclusive Pre-Theatre dining from £25

Visit the Toulouse Lautrec website

How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Elephant
1 Dante Place
London SE11 4RX

Closest Tube Station:
Elephant & Castle (Northern Line & Bakerloo Line)
Take the Shopping Centre exit.

Click link below for directions:

Food & Drink

Opening Hours

Monday 5.30pm to 11pm
Tuesday 1pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


Our bars serve an assortment of beverages and snacks to suit all tastes from hot and cold soft drinks to beer, wine, cocktails and spirits and a whole lot more.

Click here to download and view our drinks menu

Why not try our Pay As You Go Subscription?

- Pay just £75 for a balance of 5 tickets.
- Use up to 2 tickets of your balance on ANY PERFORMANCE.
- Save up to 58%.

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to read them.

We Need Your Support

It’s been a difficult few years and things don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. 

Southwark Playhouse is a registered charity that delivers a year-round programme of entertaining and enriching work yet receives no regular funding.

Why not consider making a donation to help us keep on keeping on during these tough times!

Sign up for our newsletter

Spektrix Newsletter Signup