Close Up

Documentary maker Lauren wants to make it on the big networks. Ex-show girl Grace is ready to shoot to fame with the help of her late friend Kenneth Williams.

Conversations about showbiz, sex and ambition bring together two women four generations apart as they work on a fly on the wall documentary.  

In 1968 the Theatres Act abolished censorship of the theatre paving the way for freedom of speech across all media. Half a century later we are allowed to show and witness the unimaginable. But are we really free to assert our individuality? And if it isn’t government law, what are the systems regulating speech in the post-truth era?

Odd Eyes’ latest piece brings together elements of theatre and live filming, Polari language and music to create a multi-layered experience that will make you question your assumptions about how much freedom we are allowed.

Close Up combines theatre and live filming to ask questions about showbiz, sex and censorship.

There will be a post-show Q&A inviting audience feedback on this performance. This show is suitable for 16+.

This production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund. 


Odd Eyes Theatre nurtures beauty in diversity. They make theatre that tells stories about people standing out from the crowd. They look at the world from different angles and use theatre to share unique points of view with equally unique audiences.

Emilia Teglia is the Artistic Director and one of the founders of Odd Eyes Theatre. She has written and directed the majority of the company’s productions and also works independently. Her work focuses on the dynamics of cultural-specific communication and on its surrealist, often tragicomic by-products. Emilia’s credits include Cardboard Citizens, Theatre503, Gate Theatre, Tyatro Barbone, London Metropolitan University, Vital Xposure.

Mark Morreau specialises in creating work on the cross section between film and live performance, and specialises in circus. He regularly collaborates with the National Centre for Circus Arts, where he shoots student productions. He has worked with Jo Verrent for Unlimited, Gravity and Levity and most recently created a new piece in collaboration with hand balancer Natalie Reckert. / @OddEyesTheatre


 ‘A thought-provoking and complex piece of theatre’  Spy in the Stalls