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26th June - 27th July
by Kenny Emson

‘Astute, compelling’

Financial Times

HighTide and Bush Theatre present

Rust by Kenny Emson

“Rule number eleven: We don’t talk about them. Not here. They don’t exist here.”

Nadia and Daniel have just signed on the dotted line for a studio flat. Under a pseudonym, naturally – Mr and Mrs White. After years of school pick-ups, TV takeaways, and the day to day drudgery of married life, this is their chance to wipe the slate clean. But as much as they try and redefine the rules, and themselves, the outside world is closing in.

Sexy and funny, Rust pushes the boundaries of trust, love and lust to the limit.


'A superbly well tuned piece of writing'

Evening Standard

'A taut two-hander'

The Stage

‘Astute, compelling’

Financial Times

'A powerful exploration of what it means to be faithful and what it means to be fulfilled'


'Pray for a revival'

British Theatre Guide

Dates & Locations

Bush Theatre 26 June - 27 July Visit site
Assembly 31 July - 25 August Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Kenny Emson Writer

    Kenneth Emson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Quadrophenia (Mercury Theatre), Parkway Dreams (Sir John Mills Theatre) Terrorism (Bush Theatre), This Must be the Place (Vault Festival – co-written with Brad Birch) and Plastic (Old Red Lion). He was co-creator, co-writer and associate producer on the BAFTA Craft, SXSW and Prix Italia nominated The Last Hours of Laura K and adapted Agatha Christie’s The Coming of Mister Quin which was nominated for a BAFTA CYMRU games award. He has written for EastEndersDoctors, BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has been shortlisted for the Bruntwood, Red Planet and Papatango Prizes as well as winning the Adrienne Benham, Off West End Adopt a Playwright and Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting awards.

  • Eleanor Rhode Director

    Eleanor Rhode is an Associate Artist for Hightide. Her most recent work includes the critically acclaimed world premiere of Boudica by Tristan Bernays for the Globe Theatre, Tristan Bernays' award-winning musical play Teddy at Southwark Playhouse and The Vaults, and comedy musical Thor and Loki at Edinburgh Fringe and HighTide Festivals. This Christmas, Eleanor will direct Wendy and Peter Pan at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

    In 2009 she co-founded Snapdragon Productions to bring neglected and unknown works to new audiences. Work for Snapdragon includes the critically acclaimed production of Toast by Richard Bean (UK Tour and New York), which was nominated for Best Touring Production at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards and the world premiere of Teddy by Tristan Bernays and Dougal Irvine, which won Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards.

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