Some Demon
Paperback, 152 pages ISBN: 9781839043178Publication Date:
20 Jun 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook, 152 pages ISBN: 9781788507684Publication Date:
20 Jun 2024
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
First Staged:
Papatango Theatre Company, Arcola Theatre, London, 2024

Some Demon

By Laura Waldren

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On Stage at:
Arcola Theatre, London
From Thu 13 Jun 2024 to Sat 6 Jul 2024
Bristol Old Vic
From Tue 9 Jul 2024 to Sat 13 Jul 2024
  • Papatango New Writing Prize - 2023

Sam's eighteen and her life's about to start. Zoe's forty-something and hers never did. They don't have much in common. Just a love of '80s new wave, and an illness that wants them dead.

Thrown together in an eating disorder unit, their most intimate secrets exposed, they form a complicated bond. But when another patient turns the ward into chaos, they're forced to confront a difficult question: if an institution is the thing keeping you safe, how are you supposed to cope when you leave?

Authentic, witty and profoundly compassionate, Laura Waldren's play Some Demon won the Papatango New Writing Prize and the Clive Richards Foundation Writer in Residence Bursary, and was first produced by Papatango Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre, London, and Bristol Old Vic in 2024.

'People say life's too short, it's not. It's too bloody long. There's too much time and too many ways to fill it, all those hours in all those days, all those choices you have to make.'

Press Quotes

'An astonishing debut, a drama which gives a fresh insight into NHS eating disorder treatment centres. Ambitious, astute and utterly gripping, Some Demon demonstrates precisely why the industry needs to actively invest in developing new voices... Waldren's witty script is also full of one-line zingers that help make this play simultaneously educational, informative and hugely entertaining. Waldren is one to watch'


'Powerfully affecting and clear eyed... unflinching and empathetic'

The Stage

'Searing... homes in on the hellish cycles and contradictions caused by an eating disorder'


'Has a raw integrity and a painful authenticity'

Reviews Hub

'Excellent... a profound reflection on the shortcomings of the nation's mental health support system... Though far from an easy watch, it's rife with urgent necessity... Waldren's debut is simply remarkable'

Broadway World

'Highly intelligent, deeply moving and powerful'

Theatre Weekly

'Compassionate and powerful'

British Theatre Guide

'Excellent... a powerful exploration of the impact of an eating disorder... has a raw honesty'

Everything Theatre
Paperback,152 pages ISBN: 9781839043178Publication Date:
20 Jun 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook,152 pages ISBN: 9781788507684Publication Date:
20 Jun 2024
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
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