nest by Katy Warner

28 FEBRUARY - 04 MARCH 2018




"They made beautiful patterns in the sky and then just disappeared"

Jade is alone, always alone, until one night Liam accidently knocks on her door looking for a party. What he finds is more beautiful than he could ever imagine, yet it might just break them both.

Set against an isolated council estate, nest is the beautifully messy love story of two people forgotten by society, with nowhere left to turn but to each other. 

nest is written by award winning Australian playwright Katy Warner and was shortlisted from 1,600 plays as part of the prestigious Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016 and also for the Live Theatre Live Lab Bursary 2017. 

Small Truth Theatre are proud to present the world premiere of this striking new play as part of the Vault Festival 2018. 

"Playwright Katy Warner must surely be one of the most exciting discoveries in Australian theatre to have emerged in recent memory" ***** The Music 

(Praise for Warner's play Spencer) 


Jade - Charlotte Jane Higgins

Liam - Arthur McBain


Written by Katy Warner 

Directed by Yasmeen Arden

Design by Holly Pigott

Lighting Design by Zoe Spurr

Sound Design by Jac Cooper

Design Assistant - Victoria Maytom

Stage Management - Isabella Brain

Produced by Robyn Bennett

Presented by Small Truth Theatre

nest is written by multi award winning Australian Writer Katy Warner   

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Previous Productions

DEAD YARD by Matthew Turner

Directed by Yasmeen Arden

Produced by Fabia Turner

Design by Holly Pigott

Arcola Residency cast: Franc Ashman, Roger Griffiths, Karlina Grace-Paseda, Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge

We were incredibly proud to have been offered a week long residency at Arcola Theatre to develop Dead Yard by Matthew Turner - funded by Arts Council Grants for Arts and part of ArcolaLAB (ACE Sustained Theatre).


A West London Jamaican family is coming to terms with the loss of their beloved Pop-Pop. Following the family through the traditional ritual of nine nights mourning, this astounding new play puts a family’s grief under the spotlight.

DEAD YARD is part of ArcolaLab - 

DEAD YARD was also recently selected for Arcola Theatre's PLAYWROUGHT new writing festival


ON THE LINE by Aled Pedrick

Directed by Yasmeen Arden 

Produced in association with Robin Linde Productions and Robyn Bennett

Cast: Charlotte Higgins, Judith Amsenga, Jeremy Hancock, Dominik Golding

Music by Kevin Potton & Jessica Dives

 “hilariously witty and entertaining throughout, hugely engaging. It’s genuinely a brilliant, well structured piece, A strong cast, it was as moving as it was entertaining” Female Arts  ****

"This immersive production is full of guts, glitterballs and… bingo.  Emotional and thought provoking. The 80s music that follows just tops the night off brilliantly." Princess Productions

Venue: Arcola Theatre, Ivy House and Platform Southwark (Merge Festival) Staged in 2016 

THE THREE SILLIES by the company

Directed by Yasmeen Arden

Produced by Jamie Arden & Scratchbuilt Productions

Cast: Nick Ash, Becky Kitter, Arran Glass, Alice Cade

Music by Apple of My Eye


 "This is immersive theatre at its least pretentious" Little London Magazine

"The production's greatest success is that it feels like everyone is enjoying themselves - each member of the audience and all the actors around them."   

"The fun of the fair is a brilliant set-up to a play’s worth of absolute silliness (done with absolute skill)". Children's Theatre 

Venue: Arcola Theatre, Proteus Creation Space and Somersault Festivals 

Staged in 2014, 2015 and 2016


Directed by Yasmeen Arden 

Produced by: Jamie Arden 

Cast included: Nick Ash, Lizzie Wort, Lewis Barfoot and Frank Wurzinger 

Performed on the wild streets of Watford

Commissioned as part of Imagine Watford Festival 

Venue: Imagine Watford Festival

Staged in 2015

LITTLE WHITE LIES by James Paul Avery

Small Truth Theatre's evening of short plays written by James Paul Avery 

Directed by Yasmeen Arden and Jonathan Holby

Produced by: Jamie Arden

Cast: Charlotte Higgins, Dan Connelly, Kevin Potton, Guy Warren-Thomas, Kristina Epenetos and Julia Faulkner

"It was a strong evening of theatre...Some great performances, original direction and insightful ideas. Overall, a beautiful and searing capturing of a life lived exclusively in waiting." Female Arts     

Venue: Waterloo East Theatre 

Staged in 2014 

MIRRORBALL by Anthony Bull

Directed by Yasmeen Arden 

Produced by: Jamie Arden

Cast James Robert Moore, Charlotte Higgins and Jonathan Holby 

"The attention to detail is very impressive...a moving and tender portrait of a group struggling to accept the changes their lives are going through" 

SoSo Gay Magazine ****   

Venue: Latitude Festival and Etcetera Theatre  

Staged in 2013


CATERPILLAR by Alison Carr

Here at Small Truth HQ we are all very excited about our next 2018 production: 

CATERPILLAR by Alison Carr 

Directed by Yasmeen Arden. 

We will have more exciting news about this production very soon.  

In development

CASSIE AND COREY by Christopher Hogg

Written by Christopher Hogg

Directed by Yasmeen Arden 

Production currently in development