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The Annex

  • Venue: Barber Studio
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Other: Script-Reading, followed by a Show Discussion
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This production is part of Furnace Festival, click here to find out more.

10 years ago Billie’s best friend Kim was in love and, as all good friends should, Billie did everything she could to help love conquer all. Now, unable to find love in her own life, Billie barely speaks to Kim. Until she calls asking her to testify at the trial of her former lover, their teacher, Mr Barrett.

Pontefract writer Olivia Hirst’s singular voice leads us through a maze of memory, fantasy and teenage friendship to explore Billie’s unsettling realisations about love, naivety and trust.

The Annex will be presented as a work-in-progress. This reading will be followed by a discussion with the writer, Olivia Hirst, the cast and director and Literary Associate Jacqui Honess-Martin.

Supported and produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse

Cast & Credits

Written by Olivia Hirst /

The Annex is a work in progress, supported and produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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