We live in an increasingly divided world, but if there is one thing that can connect us all, it’s a televised charity special.

Tonight, our charismatic hosts invite you to help unite the nation.

Group singing, good will and oddball feats of endurance prevail as Telethon 2022 launches before your eyes, all to raise money for the most important causes in our lives.

In an exploration of groupishness and moral psychology, you are the live studio audience as the Telethon begins to fracture, the broadcast takes a jagged turn, and every voice silenced.

Telethon features integrated captioning and moments of integrated BSL interpretation/translation. See here for more information on access in Telethon and its role within the piece.

Performances of Telethon contain; references to addiction and domestic violence, flashing lights and haze.


11th March 2022

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or tel: 0118 960 6060

18th & 19th March 2022

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or tel: 0843 208 6000

30th March - 14th April 2022

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or tel: 020 7739 6176


Written & Directed by

Stu Barter
Clare Dunn

Co-created with & Performed by

Archie Backhouse
Erin Hutching
Katie Lovell

On Screen Performers

Jasper East, (Timothy)
Gail Egbeson (Hannah)
Sophie Gunn (Sophie)
Kamaal Hussain (Kamaal)
Gretchen Jones (Lucy)
Rebekah Murrell (Kareema)
Kwami Odoom (Marlon)
Caroline Parker (Melissa)

Executive Producer

Faith Dodkins

Set, Costume & Video Design

Paul Burgess

Lighting Design

Rachel Sampley

Design Consultant

Jackie Shemesh

Sound Design & Original Music

Stu Barter


Terry O'Donovan

Sound Consultant

George Dennis

Access Consultant

Emily Howlett

BSL Moderator

Brian Duffy

Costume, Design & Captioning Assistant

Carly Browbridge

Technical Stage Manager

Chloe Stalley Gibson

Production Manager

Simon Booth

Filmmaking & Photography

Justin Jones

BSL Interpreters (rehearsals)

Matt Kyle, Taz Hockaday, Caroline Richardson & Sophie Gunn

Livestream production

Adam Lenson & Chris Czornyj for theatrical.solutions

Graphic Design

Orlando Chasey-Crossley


Justine Watkins - Fife & Fran Richards for Delineate Design and Marketing


Cliona Roberts CRPR

Commissioned by

Shoreditch Town Hall

Developed with

The Lowry

Supported by

The National Lottery through Arts Council England

Very special thanks to

The students of Pendleton School of Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University, and The Lowry CAT programme. Sarah Hunt & students/graduates of HAYA, Dr Sarah Bartley & Students of Reading University & Reading College, Gareth White & Students of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Huge additional thanks to

The Spire, James Pidgeon, Claire Symonds, Cambridge Junction, Phillippa Hogg, John Luther, Matt Eames, Antonia Beck, Louise Harney, Steph Green, Ellie Browning, Susannah Bramwell, Sam Evans, Matt Kyle, Jeff Musgrave and to all those that have helped TalkShow with the very necessary childcare to make TELETHON.