Fresh from their award-winning runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, Milly Thomas transfers both Brutal Cessation and Dust  to London over the next few months.

Alan Mahon & Lydia Larson in Brutal Cessation (image courtesy of The Other Richard)

Brutal Cessation is a savage new play by award-winning Milly Thomas exploring violence in relationships, our expectations of gender and what happens when we’re no longer in love but refuse to let go. Reprising their roles are Offie-nominated Lydia Larson and Alan Mahon, with Bethany Pitts returning as director and Jon McLeod as sound designer. Brutal Cessation transfers to Theatre503 from 31 October – 4 November 2017.

Thomas comments:

I’m delighted to bring Brutal Cessation to Theatre503. It’s directly thanks to the support of this venue that I became a writer at all and I’m so excited to see my work find a home here again. Brutal Cessation is a play very close to my heart and it feels right that Theatre503 is the venue to stage it and see it have another life post-Edinburgh.

Milly Thomas in Dust (Image courtesy of The Other Richard)

Dust is a refreshing, caustic and comedic treatment of one woman’s depression, suicide and everything that happens afterwards, for which Thomas was awarded a Stage Edinburgh Award for her performance. Written using Thomas’ own experience of depression and her desire to talk more about suicide and mental health in society today, Dust is very much about life, about those who remain behind and how squeamish we are around death. Along with Thomas, Dust  sees the return of Sara Joyce as director, Anna Reid as set designer, May Perryment as sound designer and Jack Weir as lighting designer. Dust transfers to Soho Theatre from 20 February – 17 March 2018.


To read more about Brutal Cessation, which plays Theatre503 from 31 October – 4 November 2017, follow the play on Twitter (@BrutalCessation) or visit the theatre website –

To read more about Dust, which plays Soho Theatre from 20 February – 17 March 2018, follow the play on Twitter (@DustThePlay) or visit the theatre website –

See a pre-Edinburgh interview with writer  Milly Thomas for more information.