Southwark Playhouse and First Born Child Productions present

Manic Street Creature

Music, Book & Lyrics
by Maimuna Memon
19 Oct - 11 Nov 2023

Ticket Prices:
Tickets from £16

A woman intensely singing with a microphone.


About the Show

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ WhatsOnStage ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★
★★★★ Three Weeks

A fresh and thrilling take on a modern love story from Olivier nominee (Standing at the Sky’s Edge) Maimuna Memon. Love, lust, and late nights collide in a musical roller coaster, taking the audience through the euphoria and distress of two people dealing with their own and each other’s mental health.

Ria is working with her band to complete a new album – songs charting the rise and fall of a recent relationship. But the more Ria progresses, the more she’s drawn back to the darkness of her troubled past, until we’re not sure where memory ends and reality begins.

From its multi-award winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including The Scotsman Fringe First, the Mental Health Fringe Award and The Stage Edinburgh Award, Manic Street Creature now transfers to Southwark Playhouse Borough for a strictly limited run.


Venue: Borough SE1

Theatre: The Large

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Sat mat: 3pm

Ticket Prices
Pioneers’ Preview
19 Oct: all tickets £10 – SOLD OUT

20 – 23 Oct: all tickets £16

Standard Performances
24 Oct – 11 Nov
Mon – Wed: tickets from £20
Thu – Sat: tickets from £24

Please note that prices will vary in response to demand, so we recommend booking early to secure the best price.

Running Time: 75 minutes, no interval.

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 contains haze, flashing lights, an extended blackout, strong language, adult references, references to mental illness, self-harm, and suicide. Please speak to box office if you would like more information.

Recommended Age Guidance 15+.

The Company

Rachel Barnes
Maimuna Memon
Harley Johnston
Kirsty Patrick Ward
Sound Quiet Time
Libby Watson
Jamie Platt
Pia Ashcroft
Roni Neale
Summer Keeling
Lily Wieland


Backstage Pass
Manic Street Creature
Set This House On Fire
Audience Reactions

Production Photos

Production photos by Eleonora Briscoe

Book Tickets

Manic Street Creature

at Venue: Borough SE1
Please note that prices will vary in response to demand, so we recommend booking early to secure the best price.

Mental Health Resources

If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed during the performance please find the following resources which may be of use: – The Mental Health Foundation’s vision is for a world with good mental health for all. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive. – Mind’s Online Community. Side by Side is an online community where you can listen, share and be heard. – Carer’s Trust which can connect you with your local carer service for support if you are caring for someone with a mental health condition. – SANE provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including carers, families and friends.

CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling shit, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living.

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

How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Borough
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Closest Tube Station:
Elephant & Castle (Northern Line & Bakerloo Line)
Take the London Southbank University exit.

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Opening Hours

Monday 5.30pm to 11pm
Tuesday 1.30pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1.30pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


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