People, Places and Things

  • 'Powerful. Provocative. Thrilling. Denise Gough is stunning" Rachel Halliburton

    Time Out
  • "A bold, timely and searching play" Sarah Hemming

    The Financial Times
  • "A triumph – Denise Gough delivers an emotionally shattering performance" Henry Hitchings

    The Evening Standard
  • A heady cocktail of fantasy and reality. Transfixing.

    The Times
  • Olivier Awards - Best Lighting Design2016
  • Olivier Awards - Best Sound Design2016
  • Olivier Awards - Best New Play2016
  • Olivier Awards - Best Actress, Denise Gough2016

People, Places and Things is an intoxicating new play about surviving the modern world. Written by Duncan Macmillan (Lungs) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall).

This play tells the story of Emma, who was having the time of her life until she finds herself in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing.

When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

This is a collaboration between Headlong and the National Theatre, following the acclaimed Earthquakes in London and The Effect.

  • 01. The Independent

    "Thoughtful. Darkly humane. Superbly directed by Jeremy Herrin."

  • 02. The Daily Telegraph

    "Gough’s performance is one of such power, intensity and verve that you feel it’s the perfect meeting of performer and material. She scatters about the stage like a tiny neutron bomb about to go off."

  • 03. Evening Standard

    "Denise Gough gives an unmissable performance of humour and humanity in Duncan Macmillan’s gruellingly honest look at the rehab process."