Dear Eliza

22nd, 23rd & 24th February 7.30pm £9.50/£7.50

Dear Eliza is a brutal and exposing analysis of a friendship under the strain of mental ill health and the fear of being a burden. Raw and cynical, yet rich with playful allegories, this short 1-person play is very much about confronting unexpressed emotions within relationships, and saying out loud what you’d rather keep inside your head.

Written and performed by Barbara Diesel, Dear Eliza tackles difficult subject matter with undeniable defiance. Its subversive narrative and ‘been there, done that’ attitude is a call to the reality of learning to live with a mental health disorder, and learning to accept that you might not ‘get better’, but that’s okay. Because, at the very least, your scrambled egg of a brain has a bit of spice to it, and your Wikipedia page will make an interesting read.

Trigger warnings include mentions of self-harming behaviour and suicide. Features strong language. Recommended 16+.

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Tickets booked online must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office. TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE*

Ticket price includes a £1.50 membership fee which entitles you to £1.50 off all further shows at the theatre for one year and 10% off drinks at the bar. The membership card will be presented with your ticket(s) at the box office, on the day.


Over 18’s only. This venue is accessed via a set of small stairs, please contact us to discuss any accessibility requirements. No admittance for latecomers.

Hen & Chickens Theatre

109 St Paul’s Road

London N1 2NA

*Unless the theatre has to close.