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August 2-4, 2024
7pm, 2:30pm


Junction Theatre

Second Hand Problems

Three stories of women stuck in limbo. A wacky, honest and moving tragi-comedy, celebrating sisterhood’s joy and grief.

£15, £12

Second Hand Problems explores different types of limbo in predominantly female spaces. Three episodes linked together by the female experience and the space they are set in, which changes over time - from a charity shop in 2020, through an abortions clinic in 2005 to a family house basement in 1985. The play explores motherhood, sisterhood, coming of age, coercion, LGBTQ matters, femicide and atonement.
In the first episode two women meet by the bargain box and discover they're dead through nefarious acts. Their only hope of retribution is a phone that can still call the living. Will they be able to escape this second-hand limbo to find peace?
In the second episode, a dead mother appears right when her daughter contemplates abortion, revealing a dark secret.
The third episode explores how families cope with the secret queer past of loved ones who passed away.
With honesty and macabre comedy (oh yes things get wacky at times!) Second Hand Problems taps into moments of joy and grief shared in sisterhood. Tied together, these stories highlight how women can help each other through life’s darkest moments.


August 2, 7pm

August 3, 7pm

August 4, 2:30pm


Part of the Camden Fringe Festival


Emma Kelly - Writer

Emma’s work is comic, dark and provocative, she experiments with Sci-Fi, horror, historical and political theatre. Emma has been commissioned in the UK and internationally, collaborating as a writer with companies such as Close Encounters, Circulate, Unzipped Theatre, Rising Tides and Slackline Productions, as well as on immersive projects in Brighton, including What If Walls Could Speak, a theatrical promenade in a Regency Town House. Emma founded Wild Elk Productions in 2023, producing her award-nominated, bursary-winning play 2145 for Brighton Fringe. Her play The Tower, an epic tale of survival, will debut at Brighton Fringe this year.


Neta Gracewell - Director

Neta's work is feminist, often biographical, dealing with migration, empathy, and social-political matters. Neta champions new writing and translated theatre both as director and dramaturg. She has presented works at VAULT Festival, Shout Festival, Camden People’s Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Tower Theatre, The Cockpit, Theatre Deli and RCSSD, as well as internationally.


Access information

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We are fully wheelchair accessible. For more information about accessing 26 Crowndale, please visit our dedicated access page.

Trigger Warnings: contains themes of abusive relationship, abortion, murder (no graphic descriptions), sexual references, swearing.

Suitable for ages: 12+

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