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Ruckus is an award winning, compelling one-woman thriller which explores the suppression and destruction caused by coercive control.

The effect of being told you’re loved is very powerful. But what happens when that love becomes an invisible threat?

Lou is a 28-year-old primary school teacher who wants to show her audience the exact moments in her relationship, breaking down the progression of coercion as Lou journeys from freedom to being trapped.

Ruckus gained critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022, and during the London transfer to Southwark Playhouse. Ruckus’ accolades include a number of 4 & 5 star reviews, a WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Off-West End Production, and an OFFIE nomination for Lead Performance in a Play.


“Important play which takes us inside the head, and life, of a trapped woman.”

★★★★ The Guardian

“It is a precise, pressure-cooker production of a thrilling and thoughtful one-woman play.”

★★★★ The Stage



Running Time

1 hour and 5 minutes

Age Advice



This production explores challenging themes around coercive control and toxic relationships.

May contain haze effects.


Student special: £5 off

This event takes place at

MAST Mayflower Studios – Studio 2

Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU 

The entrance to Studio 2 is on Level 2.

Street level access to our foyer & Box Office is through the main entrance on Above Bar Street. 

Studio 2