Warning message

This event occurred in the past


Sorry, this event has now passed


Devised by - The Company

Director - Jemima James

Designer - Harry Whitham

Vocal Coach - Gary Horner

Stage Manager - Andy Shewan

Costume Support - Lynn Ahrens

Mentor to BATP Students - Martin Jady

BA (Hons) Acting (CDT) Course Leader - Catherine Alexander

Thanks to - NASA, European Space Agency, Space X, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Katie Salmon, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

Venue - Tristan Bates Theatre


This is a letter to our children’s children.
We love you and we’re sorry.

We’re not sure what we’ve built, but you might have to start again. It’s undeniable. The future is coming. Red lines on graphs and water levels are rising and smart blue screens are getting smarter by the second. The big cars with tinted windows are driving past tired people walking along the roadside. The supersize bite of progress doesn’t taste quite the same as it did before.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL takes us on a journey across Outer and Inner Space, cyber landscapes and the kitchen floor. The international ensemble of actors brings vividly to life the struggle to think about what’s ahead when social conditioning has us checking our phones in the face of crisis. The result is darkly funny, highly theatrical, intelligent and surprising.


Lucas Button

Sophie Dessauer

Rachel–Leah Hosker

Sandro Kalandadze

Samuel Ross

Peter Rugman

Valentin Stoev

Production Team

Production Manager - David Ashford

Deputy Stage Manager - Kareen Thomas

Technical ASM - Max Heller

Lighting Designer - Hector Murray

Video Designer - Iain Syme

Sound Designer - Daniel Harmer

Sound Engineer - David Sonubi

Creative Producer - Kimberley Sanders (MA/MFA Creative Producing)


Book Tickets

Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office

Telephone: 020 3841 6611

About The Show

Approximate running time: 75 minutes without an interval.

We’d love to hear what you think of this production. Tell us on Twitter @NotADrill2016 #ThisIsNotADrill

Please ensure that all mobile phones and pagers are switched off. Video and audio recording and flash photography are not permitted. Patrons can take drink into the performance space, but not food.

Venue Location

Tristan Bates Theatre

1A Tower Street
Covent GardenLondon WC2H 9NP

Event price

£10 / £5 concessions / Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

16 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

17 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

18 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

19 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

20 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

21 Feb 2016 - 3:00pm

23 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

24 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

25 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

26 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

27 Feb 2016 - 7:30pm

Book Tickets