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The Halfway House was a site-specific, immersive theatre piece that was devised and staged in the Old Central Saint Martins campus on Southampton Row, Holborn. The live show took place from 21st September to 4th October 2020.

The narrative revolved around three storylines, each unfolding in ‘The Halfway House’ - a fictional hotel. The building and its residents are stuck between two worlds, paralysed by nostalgia and slipping into real and fabricated versions of their past, but equally seduced by and drawn into this absurdly ill-fitting new reality of a ‘luxury’ hotel, which is in the process of being constructed but already feels extremely makeshift, seedy and tired.

There were three main protagonists and storylines: The Porter, an immaculately-presented professional who works in the hotel but is haunted by his dark past; The Maids – one experiencing her first day at the hotel and the other running a voyeuristic side-business, charging visitors to secretly observe guests in their rooms; and The Resident, who is trapped in a hazy, melancholic and opium-fuelled love story where boundaries between reality and fantasy have become indistinguishable.

There will be a film released this year, which will open it up to a much bigger audience and also allow those who did attend to see the show from the perspective of the other characters.

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Cast & Creators
Francesca Costa
Anna Fil
Mélanie Gautier
Emily George
Michael Hall
Valia Katsis
Tom Kim
Olga Lagun
Cameron Lee-Allen
Georgia Leefe
Charly Monreal
Sally Plowman
Daniel Seifu
Michael Sookhan
Jean-Charles Wadja


Artistic Director- Rocio Ayllon 
Assistant Director- Michael Hall 
Choreographer - Elina Akhmetova 
Sound Designer - Finn Boxer 
Photographer - Karolina Burlikowska 
Lighting Designer - Satu Streatfield 

Graphic Designers - Emily George, Emma LD
Producers - Alice Wilson, Rocio Ayllon,

Clare McAndrew, Tom Wheeler, Emma LD

Set Designers Emily George, Alice Wilson,

Emma Wilson, Clary Montero

Cinematographers - Finn Boxer, Olga Lagun,

Hamish Nichols


Host & Collaborator The Koppel Project

Lighting Designers

& Technicians

Laura Arroyo
Gaia Crocella
Steve Lowe
Luciana Martinez
Tom Wheeler
Alice Wilson

Sound Assistants 

Waris Albakri

Femi Oriogun- Williams

Art Installations

Jack Wates - Storm Room

Charly Blackburn - The Lab



White Light 
Enliten Architectural Lighting
Mike Stoane Lighting
iGuzzini illuminazione

Audio Equipment

Orbital Sound

Shakespeare’s Globe

Film Equipment - Direct Digital

Lighting, Effects/ Logistics Equipment Shakespeare’s Globe

Props - Phoebe BP, Lobster Records 

Costumes - Putney Theatre 

Community - Holborn Association
Dragon Hall