GUN TO YOUR HEAD – by Simon Jaggers at the VAULT Festival

Tue 14th Feb – Sat 18th Feb
20:30,14:30,18:10 (70 mins)
Tickets from £13.00
Venue: Cavern
Age Guidance: 15+

It’s summer and teenage runaways Dakota and Bede are hiding out in an abandoned quarry, buried deep in the belly of England. It’s a magical, frightening place, where youth tangles with death and dreams are forgotten. A razor-edged playground in which our tearaways can escape their past and imagine impossible futures.

In this riotous punk-play of pop culture, games and reddit folklore, the stakes keep rising. Gun to your head… what could go wrong?

Gun to your Head is the highly-anticipated full-length stage premiere by writer Simon Jaggers, ‘‘a visionary from England’s wastelands. A poet finding beauty in the broken. Gun to your Head is a celebration of a play. Like a Disco Pigs for England’s ghost hours. It’s so beautiful it’s actually ludicrous.’ (Simon Stephens, playwright)


Simon Jaggers

Simon is a playwright from London. His plays have been performed at Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Bread & Roses, The Bunker and Southwark Playhouse. He has been personally mentored by award winning playwrights Simon Stephens and David Eldridge. Last year he won a place on The London Library Emerging Writers Programme 21/22 and this year his play Manifest Release Machine was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. He is also a songwriter/performer and spent his youth playing in punk bands supporting the likes of The Strokes, Babyshambles and Violent Femmes, and deejaying hip hop on pirate radio. Gun to your Head will be his full-length stage premier.

‘Simon Jaggers writes with precision, wit and humanity. He’s a playwright of real promise.’ – David Eldridge, Playwright and Screenwriter.

‘Gun to your Head is a kind of Thelma and Louise for Generation Z, it genuinely feels like it might be that rarest of things: a classic in the making.’ – Simon Usher & Colin Ellwood, Joint Artistic Directors at Presence Theatre

Listed as one of The Independent’s 13 “unmissable gems” of VAULT Festival 2023. Don’t miss this “electric two-hander … we’re expecting great things.”


Gun to your Head | VAULT Festival

Published on:
6 Feb 2023


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