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Desolate Heaven - Theatre503

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WITH first time plays by new writers continuing to be the cornerstone of Theatre503’s work, new Artistic Director Paul Robinson will direct Desolate Heaven, the debut play by Ailis Ni Riain, which runs at the Battersea venue from February 5 to March 2, 2013.

Desolate Heaven tells the story of two young teenage girls whose lives caring for their parents are transformed when they meet each other and embark on an ill-fated trip of self-discovery.

Part road-trip, part fantasy, Desolate Heaven is an unusual love story told in a highly theatrical and thrilling way.

Born in the Irish Republic, Ailís Ní Ríain is a prize-winning classical composer. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and Hear and Now, BBC 4′s The Today Programme and Woman’s Hour, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ One in addition to a documentary for Channel 4′s Big Art project.

She received her Purcell Room, Southbank debut in 2007 and her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. Desolate Heaven will be her first full-length high profile production.

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions, pay what you can on Sundays – available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at

Times: 7.45pm, Sundays at 5pm.

Cul-De-Sac runs at Theatre503 from December 4, 2012 to January 5, 2013.