Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties

An anarchic piece of theatre rooted in cabaret, female drag and created by award-winning American Playwright Jen Silver


IMAGE: Antic Face


Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty is busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from… what’s it called again? Summer’s Midnight Dream? 


Antic Face and Nik Holttum Productions have announced the UK première of award-winning American Playwright Jen Silverman’s play Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties. 


In Collective Rage, the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah”. As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realise that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long. 


Hitting the ring with an electrifying soundtrack, looks to kill and spectacular routines, this outrageous comedy packs the punch to shatter lacquered femininity into a thousand glittering pieces. Strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag, this exquisite rejection of shame and stereotype will "punch you in the gut, break your heart and then take you dancing".​



Created by New York-based playwright and writer, Jen Silverman, born in the US, but raised across the states, Europe and Asia. Silverman's theatre work includes The Moors, The Roommate, Phoebe in Winter, The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane and All the Road Home. Antic Face is a new theatre group created to tackle the persistent gender imbalance in the industry and provide a platform where young people can collaborate and exchange ideas.​


Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties runs from 24 January – 17 February 2018 at Southwark Playhouse, to book tickets click here.



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