A Rat, A Rat

Golden Goose Theatre in association with Stepping Out Theatre present: A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates.


Shortlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting from Ellie Keel and Paines Plough, this play will feature an all female cast and team.


Charlie has just turned 18. Whilst most would be out enjoying their newly-found adult liberties, Charlie is stuck in a white room with a bed without sheets, a window that doesn't open, and a rat. She has to adapt fast to this new, sterile world of the adult psychiatric unit if she is to convince anyone that she is well enough to go home to her waiting mum, Vicky. Under the care her over-worked and under-trained key worker Jenny, she learns quickly that she is pretty much on her own. Until Kim turns up.


This electric new play shines a piercing light into the gaping structural holes of our mental health system, questioning how we as individuals care for one another when our institutions fail us.

Read an interview with the director here!

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by Chloe Yates

Ticket Information

Performances start 7:30pm

Tuesday - Saturday

£15 Full Price

£12 Concessions

Concessions offered to pensioners, unemployed, students, registered disabled and under16s.

Content Warnings

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This show contains discussion and depictions of attempted suicide, depictions and discussions of self harm, flashing lights, loud music and scenes that some may find distressing.

Cast & Creative

Written by Chloe Yates

Directed by Georgia Leanne Harris


Designer: Joana Dias

Lighting Designer: Chloe Stally-Gibson


Charlie: Rose Reade

Jenny: Andrea Johannes

Kim: Lou Kendon-Ross

Vicky: Fiona Tong

Rat: Mariana Nunes