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The Wrong Sleep

Partly inspired by true events.

A darkly surreal play exploring religion, terrorism, female sexuality and obsession.


14th July – 1st August, 2009 at Cock Tavern Theatre, London

A desolate town is shaken by a blast at its core.  Suspicions abound, its inhabitants should look inside where a stranger manipulates the society from within. This stranger is Janet, a young woman torn between Islam, Christianity and secularism.  She is a victim of her confused childhood, of her sexuality and of her mental disarray. THE WRONG SLEEP tells the story of a woman plagued by insomnia, the demons in her mind and the demons of her past.  During her sleepless nights violence and religion lure her towards committing acts of terrifying brutality.  Violence and sex are the only ways Janet feels she can communicate with the world.

In January 2007 THE WRONG SLEEP had a reading at the Pleasance.  After developing the script through workshops it was performed at Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, 2008.  The Cock Tavern Theatre presented this new production as part of their dynamic season of World Premieres in July 2009.


Janet- Nadia Shash

Priest- David McClelland

Written by Mary Mazzilli
Directed by Adam Morley

Produced by David Ahlbrecht


"Mazzilli’s intense, poetic language flits between themes of sex and incest, imperialism and terrorism, compassion and retribution. It challenges and touches the audience ... manages to engage from beginning to end" 

from UKtheatre; for full review click here.

“Mazzilli’s writing is poetic, strange and enlightening.” 

**** from Fringe Review for full review Click Here

To hear the writer and director talking about the production click here.

Assistant Directors

Erica Miller & Victoria Cartwright

Costume Designer

Nerea Villares

Production Team

Annarita Mazzilli- Production Manager

Zuzana Jochman – Production Executive

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