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The Breach – Hampstead Theatre


“The Breach”
📍Hampstead Theatre

Ugh, I’m on a weird strike of heavy-themed plays this week. Just finished reviewing a show about Paris Attacks, and here comes “The Breach” with a dark theme of conscience, trust and loyalty, but also rape.

The Breach at Hampstead Theatre, photo credit: Johan Persson
Shannon Tarbet and Alfie Jones in “The Breach”, photo credit: Johan Persson

Quick recap: America in the ’70s.2 siblings live their life peacefully, but the brother gets bullied a lot. To make sure it doesn’t happen, they join a secret “club” which sets a HQ in their basement. One day, an ultimate challenge is raised among the club members…(I will stop here as I want to avoid spoilers)
Ok so you need to know that the topic of rape (or however you call what happened) is discussed in details here. So if it could potentially trigger you, please avoid this play.

What I liked: it gave a deeper sense of understanding od what the teenagers thought and how they see their actions later on as they grow up. Its not a perfect script but dialogues sound pretty natural, especially when the teenagers speak. There’s a huge pressure on the actors, because the stage is literally bare so there’s no place to hide or drag the attention away from the performance.
What I was not a fan of were these moments when you could really feel that they seem a bit off, more like a dream: there’s a repetitive sequence of the siblings playing a game and imagining their father’s suicide fall. It was a bit of a scratch for me on the otherwise scarily realistic play.

I have to praise Shannon Tarbet for her role and the way she handled a harsh yet complex personality of Jude. Hope to see her in some more plays very soon!


The Breach

Written by Naomi Wallace

Directed by Sarah Frankcom

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including an interval

Hampstead Theatre

Ticket price:£12-£30, £10 concs


6 May – 4 June 2022

Zuzanna Chmielewska

Digital Marketer by profession, published travel book author, avid theatre goer and an amateur Malaysia tour guide in my free time. Find me in one of London's theatres, travelling in Asia or cooking and photographing new recipes in my kitchen. I would try anything once (at least!). My theatre blog:



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