CAN I HELP YOU?

Important information: We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the scheduled performances of this event. If you are an affected ticket holder we will be in touch soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter or check our social media for further updates. Find out more here.

Presented by Playing On
Directed by Jim Pope

NOMINATED! Best Director, Off West End Awards

Bringing to life Philip Osment’s final play, Can I Help You? is a magical realist examination of the role race and gender have to play in mental health and suicide.  

An off-duty English policeman is about to throw himself off Beachy Head when he is met by a woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box. Over the course of one night, two disparate characters learn what it truly means to be touched by the magic of hope.  

Join Playing ON at one of the many wraparound workshops and events across the run. From pre and post show workshops to NHS night, from panel discussions to an evening celebration of Philip’s Osment’s work, there is an event for everyone. 

“Its impact on the audience was startling and, for me, it was a most convincing theatrical representation of life in prison.” – Sir Ian McKellen on INSIDE 


Additional Events

6th March
Post-show Q&A
Join members of the company for a post show panel hosted by the brilliant Terri Paddock (My Theatre Mates). You’ll have the chance to hear about the process and to ask any questions about the play or the company as Terri guides the discussion through the themes and issues raised in the play.

12th March
An evening in Celebration of Philip Osment
Our late co-founder and the writer of Can I Help You? Join us to remember our brilliant writer, director and friend and celebrate his wonderful final play. All who knew him or worked with Philip, however briefly, welcome.

18th March
Pre Show Workshop 5-6.30pm
Work with Playing ON practitioners to learn how theatre can be made in collaboration with diverse groups, using authentic experiences to create systems of empathy in which deep understanding is made possible. Learn how we facilitate a process of gathering real life experiences, from which we create imaginary worlds. Characters from these worlds are brought to life and generate both original theatre and deep empathic sharing in a fun, creative and engaging environment.

19th March
Captioned Performance
We are thrilled to be working with Stagetext to caption the performance for local D/deaf audiences.

3 - 21 Mar

7:30pm & 4pm

£16, £13 concessions
Pay What You Can previews

#CANIHELPYOU

CAN I HELP YOU

Important information: We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the scheduled performances of this event. If you are an affected ticket holder we will be in touch soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter or check our social media for further updates. Find out more here.

Presented by Playing On
Directed by Jim Pope

NOMINATED! Best Director, Off West End Awards

Bringing to life Philip Osment’s final play, Can I Help You? is a magical realist examination of the role race and gender have to play in mental health and suicide.  

An off-duty English policeman is about to throw himself off Beachy Head when he is met by a woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box. Over the course of one night, two disparate characters learn what it truly means to be touched by the magic of hope.  

Join Playing ON at one of the many wraparound workshops and events across the run. From pre and post show workshops to NHS night, from panel discussions to an evening celebration of Philip’s Osment’s work, there is an event for everyone. 

“Its impact on the audience was startling and, for me, it was a most convincing theatrical representation of life in prison.” – Sir Ian McKellen on INSIDE 


Additional Events

6th March
Post-show Q&A
Join members of the company for a post show panel hosted by the brilliant Terri Paddock (My Theatre Mates). You’ll have the chance to hear about the process and to ask any questions about the play or the company as Terri guides the discussion through the themes and issues raised in the play.

12th March
An evening in Celebration of Philip Osment
Our late co-founder and the writer of Can I Help You? Join us to remember our brilliant writer, director and friend and celebrate his wonderful final play. All who knew him or worked with Philip, however briefly, welcome.

18th March
Pre Show Workshop 5-6.30pm
Work with Playing ON practitioners to learn how theatre can be made in collaboration with diverse groups, using authentic experiences to create systems of empathy in which deep understanding is made possible. Learn how we facilitate a process of gathering real life experiences, from which we create imaginary worlds. Characters from these worlds are brought to life and generate both original theatre and deep empathic sharing in a fun, creative and engaging environment.

19th March
Captioned Performance
We are thrilled to be working with Stagetext to caption the performance for local D/deaf audiences.

3 - 21 Mar

7:30pm & 4pm

£16, £13 concessions
Pay What You Can previews

#CANIHELPYOU

★★★★★

“An absolute must-watch for any theatre fan.”

North West End

★★★★★

“This first rate play certainly demands to be seen.”

London Living Large

★★★★★

“Sensitively and engagingly performed.”

Mind the Blog

★★★★

“Jim Pope’s direction injects humour, tension and pathos in equal measure.”

Morning Star

★★★★

“An arresting piece of theatre…powerful, painful and poignant.”

Sardines

★★★★

“A short drama that encapsulates how difficult it can sometimes be just to exist.”

Stage Talk Magazine

★★★★

“Brilliant performances by Susan Aderin and Gabriel Vick.”

My Fair Theatre Goer

Can I Help You? | Rehearsal Gallery

Can I Help You? | Production Gallery

Credit: Bridie O'Sullivan

Can I Help You? | Audience Reaction

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Previews

See the show before anyone else for less. All preview tickets Pay What You Can.

Concessions

Concessions apply to students, under-18s, over-60s and more. For more info on our concession policy click here→

Accessibility

All performance spaces and facilities are fully wheelchair-accessible. For more info click here→

Ticket Collection

We operate a paperless box office system. You will be emailed a receipt once you have booked in advance. There is no need to print this off, just state your name at the box office on arrival.

Content Warnings

Descriptions and depictions of ill mental health and suicidal ideation

Find out more here.

Age Recommendation

14+

Duration

75m

Cast

Susan Aderin

Gabriel Vick

Production Team

Director

Jim Pope

Writer

Philip Osment

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