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by Paul Buie

Painkillers was developed in 2007 with support from Arts Council England and in association with Derby Live. Painkillers piloted in the East Midlands before running in Edinburgh for the duration of the International Festival. The show received critical acclaim from influential publications including, The Stage, The Scotsman, The British Theatre Guide and The New York Times. Painkillers went on to tour to arts venues throughout the UK in 2008.


Painkillers is a pulsating exploration of the mind of Angela, a young woman who has killed. Over several interview sessions with Nadia, a journalist, her chilling story is uncovered.


Laura Ford
Amanda Beetham-Wallace

Artistic Team

  • Director(s): Angharad Jones
  • Writer: Paul Buie
  • Design: Anna Lavelle
  • Lighting: Andy Purves
  • Sound: Martin Iveson

One of this year’s small gems of the fringe

The British Theatre Guide


A well–executed piece of theatre… A Heartbreaking finale

The Scotsman

A delicately constructed piece of multi-media theatre… The script is original, poignant, quick witted… A moving picture of vulnerability from every angle

Three Weeks


the film is beautiful, startling, appropriate’… this show is definitely worth seeing

Fringe Review


Angharad Jones directs with a precision that brings out the best in the script and performers alike

The Stage


Completely enthralling… captivates viewers

Fest Magazine

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