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The Chainsaw Manicure - Tabard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE FIRST London revival of Thomas Kett’s quirky comedy, The Chainsaw Manicure, runs at the Tabard Theatre from May 2 to May 20, 2017.

Two girls, Abigail and Frances fixate about sexual adventures – real or imagined – and an abundance of yoga. However their cosy house-share in Peckham is suddenly disrupted by their new lodger, Gary, an eccentric young man with a desire for ketchup filled sandwiches and an unusual fetish with a large petrol-driven chainsaw. He proves to be more than a handful, but will the noise pollution be the last straw?

The Chainsaw Manicure stars Tamaryn Payne (best known as Hollyoaks series regular Annalise Appleton), Hannah Hawkins and Dan Dawes.

Thomas Kett’s first play, The Cruel Grasp, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and received The Times Critic’s Choice two weeks running. His other plays have included The Bellingham Trap, An Unexpected Strangling (directed by Roxana Silbert) and Acid Hearts, which was shortlisted at the Croydon and International Playwriting Festival before its premier at The Finborough Theatre.

The Chainsaw Manicure was first performed at the Etcetera Theatre in 1994 and later translated into French before running in Paris. Kett has also written for TV and his Theatre-in-Education company Upstage Musical Productions produces original Musical Theatre projects in schools and theatres both in the UK and abroad.

Tickets: £14/£10. To book, call the box office on 0208 995 6035 or visit

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm.