Locked Up actors on stage

Locked Up

Tristan Bates Theatre. 10 - 28 July 2018

Nominated for three Off West End Awards

Heather Simpkin - Most Promising New Playwright
Conor Cook - Best Male Performance in a play
Samuel Ranger - Best Male Performance in a play


"Locked Up skilfully reminds us that incarceration, isolation and irrelevance are inescapable and omnipresent human fears." - British Theatre Guide

"an intriguing and unnerving hour of theatre that keeps us guessing to the end, and beyond." - Theatre Things

"should be written for screen" - A Younger Theatre

"a sort of cross between Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and Anthony Horowitz’s Mindgames" - Pocket Size Theatre

★ ★ ★ ★ London Theatre 1
"The two actors were both first class"
"an excellent piece of writing that, thanks to a great cast and fine production, keeps the audience on the edge of their seat throughout."

★ ★ ★ ★ The Review Chap
"questions, challenges and above all portrays a society that is not all it would seem – a chilling indictment to a world where trust is a questionable and fragile virtue."

★ ★ ★ ★ Unicorn Smiles
"a nice spilt between comedy and drama"

★ ★ ★ Everything Theatre
"A pacey and humourous piece of new writing... Thoroughly entertaining"


Two men are trapped in a confined space that they interpret as their cell. Now the only world that exists for them, since being taken against their will, is that cell and an enigmatic White Room where there are few clues as to their immediate predicament.

As the tension builds, both characters explore their limits of emotional stamina, whilst the twists and turns of their relationship mirror their increasing desperation to find a way out and discover answers to their questions.

Locked Up is a play about trust and betrayal that directly engages with the current political and social landscape, and addresses the nature of integrity and honesty in everyone, from the most powerful to the insignificant and vulnerable.

London 2018 production


Writer - Heather Simpkin
Director - James McAndrew
Set Design - Justin Williams
Lighting Design - Euan J. Davies
Sound Design - Jac Cooper
Costume Design - Phil Couch
Public Relations - Fiona Lister


Topher - Conor Cook
Declan - Samuel Ranger