Touch

Touch is the new one-woman play from Asylon Theatre exploring the difficulties of genuine human connection. Set in the suicide ward of a psychiatric hospital, a female patient talks to a group about her craving for physical and emotional contact.

Touch is one of those shows where everything is exactly as it should be.

Jacky (Katarzyna Wizental) used to teach people to understand each other better, to really see others without projecting the self onto them; upon realising the difficulties of achieving that in her own life she falls back into a cycle of self-harm. Traditional audience expectations are masterfully thrown to the wind, with the incitement to become a part of the performance by sitting onstage with the performer, accepting the offer of a cupcake, or even holding her hand. These elements of audience interaction are not mere gimmicks; they subtly propel you from a purely spectatorial role to one of active emotional involvement.

Director Marta Mari helps bring Ciarán Myers’ already powerful script to life. Changes in pace and intensity, which could become melodramatic in less skilful hands, are effective and affecting: they help maintain the audience’s full attention throughout the 50 minutes. Wizantal is mesmerising as the wide-eyed, soft-spoken yet intense Jacky. Her performance is honest and in turn provokes an honest emotional reaction, making it difficult to not feel some level of kinship with this lonely and troubled soul.

Touch is one of those shows where everything is exactly as it should be, from the writing to the performing to the sound design. A truly unique theatre experience, it tests the limits of your own compassion and leaves you questioning the very nature of human connections and relations. 

Reviews by Hattie Long

Basic Mountain

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times

★★★★★
theSpace @ Venue45

The Norman Conquests

★★★
New Town Theatre

Touch

★★★★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street

★★★
Assembly Hall

be-dom: The Beat Bang!

★★★★
Paradise in The Vault

war war brand war

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Jacky used to teach people how to see and understand each other better. But when she starts to find that difficult in her own life, it unleashes a dark habit from within her. Despite her lifetime of training Jacky no longer wants you to see and understand her as well as you wish. But that's the reason you came! Touch is a warm and charming story that guides you through the calamitous forgotten corners of our sense of self-worth. 'Come sit next to a stranger, maybe you'll fall in love. It's happened before!'

Most Popular See More

Witness for the Prosecution

From £19.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £29.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £22.00

More Info

Find Tickets