Stuff happens in Camden Fringe drama from My Beating Heart

Stuff. Images by Nick Edwards.
Stuff. Images by Nick Edwards.

The award-winning drama, Stuff, is being brought to the Camden Fringe Festival next month.

Written by Manchester-based Mick Cooper and produced by his company, My Beating Heart, the poignant and bitter-sweet play won the Audience Favourite Show Awards at Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival last year.

Stuff is a story of life, death, family, friendship and all the stuff in-between.


Toby and Jess are unable to conceive children. Or rather, Toby is unable to. One night, their charismatic friend, Xav, suggests that they use his frozen ‘stuff’ instead and become parents. Do they
take him up on the offer?

Stuff, thoughtful and perceptive about modern day relationships, travels to Bradford and Liverpool before pitching up at Camden for its London debut at The Etcetera Theatre.

Joining the cast is actor Peter Ash (stage and screen credits include the War Horse tour and as Darius Fry in ITV’s Footballer’s Wives).

Returning from the original cast are Eve Burley who has just returned from performing on Broadway in Anthony Burgess’ One Hand Clapping, and Karl Greenwood, who won the UK Studio Theatre Award for Best male for his performance in Stuff and will be joining the UK tour of Blood Brothers following the Stuff.

“This is proving to be a very exciting time for MBH Theatre and Stuff. It’s great to have Eve and Karl back and I really look forward giving audiences some new ‘stuff’ from Pete & Alice!” said Mick Cooper.

“Despite living in Manchester, I’m originally from Essex, so it’s very important for me personally to make our London debut – especially in a venue with as strong a history as The Etcetera!

“Stuff is a dark comedy/drama about a very modern issue. With IVF becoming more common-place as well as medical advancements, more people are looking at unique ways of becoming parents. Stuff is about the feeling relating to becoming a parent and other aspects of growing up,” he added.

Stuff runs at The Etcetera Theatre, above the Oxford Arms, Camden High Street, from August 20-23.

Tour dates

August 12, Studio @ New Bradford Playhouse, Bradford
August 14, The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool
August 20-23, The Etcetera Theatre, Camden.

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