Loam Holy f*cking sh*t. Do all woodlice talk?


Bristol Old Vic Main Stage

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 24 Jun 2022 - Sat 02 Jul 2022
  • Location Bristol Old Vic Main Stage
  • Evenings


  • Matinees


  • Tickets

    From £10

  • Running Time

    90 minutes with no interval

  • Virtual Programme

    Loam Programme

“I said "I’m sh*tting pine needles". I don't know how to make that any more clear, you get me?!”

by Bea Roberts
Directed by Marcus Romer
Set Design by Olivia Jamieson
Costume & Video Design by Hazel McIntosh
Lighting & Video Design by Hugo Dodsworth

A dirty, expensive city; present day (ish). A peculiar pandemic is blossoming. NHS helplines are jammed with queries from the public about plants growing inside and outside of their bodies. Politicians are avoiding the bigger questions, vigilantes are fighting back at nature and a professor is in cahoots with a woodlouse – because, why not?!

Singing plants, menacing tree-kickers, armpit moss and useless executives collide in Bea Roberts’ timely, utopian eco-comedy, Loam. Directed by Marcus Romer, the graduating Professional Acting cohort from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will present the production – originally commissioned in 2019 – on Bristol Old Vic’s main stage this July.

Please note there will be a BSL signed performance of this production on Sat 2  Jul at 7.30pm.



Al, Husband Tom Atkinson

Woodlouse, Lover 2 Ajani Cabey

Chanel, Asda DJ Phoebe Cook

Becca, Bather Evie Hargreaves

Mrs Paulson, Sam, Caller 2 Rebecca Hyde

Dani Yann, Caller 3 Yazmin Kayani

Prof Wynn Patrick McAndrew

Del, Lover 1, Agitator 2 Shivam Pallana

Alex, News Anchor, Automated Voice Anna-Sophia Tutton

Agitator, Caller 4, Govt Minister Taylor Uttley

Heather, Caller 1 Monsikelah Ward


Writer Bea Roberts*

Director Marcus Romer*

Assistant Directors Yuxuan Liu & Ben Nash

Set Designer Olivia Jamieson

Costume and Projection Designer Hazel McIntosh

Lighting and Projection Designer Hugo Dodsworth

Movement Director Joêl Daniel†

Vocal Coach Rebecca Daltry

Production Manager Steve O’Brien†

Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin

Production Supervisor Bryony Rutter†

Stage Manager/AV Programmer Frances Ashton

Deputy Stage Manager Rosie Maynard

Assistant Stage Manager Joe Collins, Elspeth Goodman, Christian Stuckey

Production LX Chris Davies

Lighting Operator Miranda Sellers

Sound Designer and Composer Hannah Bracegirdle

Sound and AV Operator Nancy Strahan

Prop Supervisor Meriel Pym†

Prop Makers Isabella Keating, Jess Way

Construction Managers Andy Scrivens† & Rhys Gillard*

Construction Assistants Adrianne Broadgate, Jocelyn Chen, Willow Digweed, Millie Edinburgh, Iona Hicks, Muir McFadden, Sally Strong

Costume Supervisor Saskia Bath

Costume Makers Lois Edmunds†, Ruth Ferns-Duncan, Charly Riddett, Angelica Robinson

Costume Assistants Bethany Boldero, Shanice Dacres, Elle Duncan, Gracie Green, Jo Kenney, Charly Riddett, Kim White, Arthur Wyatt

Dressers Bethany Boldero, Gracie Green, Charly Riddett

Hair and Make Up Designer Sophia Khan†

Scenic Artists Jo Browne*, Cliffe Thorne*, Tom Crossley-Thorne*, Jen Stoner*

With special thanks to Stephen Houghton at Vaccentre.net; Bristol’s local expert
in all aspects of vacuum cleaner repairs and servicing; and Ian Penny, Workshop
Coordinator at Bristol Old Vic.

* Visiting industry professional; † BOVTS staff; all other roles are fulfilled by students
on the Theatre School’s production and technical courses. To find out more about
training at BOVTS, please visit oldvic.ac.uk/course-finder.

I've worked with visiting professionals this year that I never would have even dreamed of working with. It's been an amazing experience. Thomas Donnan, BA Professional Acting Student