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Wildcard presents


Written by James Meteyard
Composed by Maimuna Memon

★★★★★ 'An immediate standing ovation The Scotsman

★★★★★ 'A sense of powerful hope' Voice Mag

★★★★ 'Loud, liberating electronica' The Stage

Sun 05 May 2019

A huge hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Wildcard bring their award-winning show Electrolyte to The Watermill prior to their extensive UK tour.


Electrolyte, directed by Olivier award-winning director Donnacadh O’Briain, tells the story of Jessie from Leeds. Jessie is dealing with the recent suicide of her father. She meets singer-songwriter Allie Touch, who is pursuing her music career in London. Allie's outlook inspires Jessie, who feels intensely oppressed by her life in Leeds. Impulsively, she follows Allie to London in pursuit of her mother, who left when she was young. However, when she arrives in London things aren't quite as shiny as they seemed and the answers she seeks are buried deeper than she could ever have imagined.

From ‘blasts of sound to lyrical sweetness’ (★★★★★ The Scotsman), the show is written entirely in spoken word poetry and is underscored throughout by six actor-musicians who seamlessly integrate live music with expert storytelling.


‘This is what it must have felt like when audiences first watched Shakespeare’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby


Electrolyte is a multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health for a contemporary audience. Electrolyte is the winner of the Mental Health Fringe Award, The Stepladder Award, The LET Award, The Voice Mag Pick of The Fringe Award and the Pleasance Best Newcomer Award 2018.


Running Time
70 minutes

This performance contains strong language. Parental discretion advised.
Director  Donnacadh O'Briain
Producer  Joseph Dawson
Set Designer  Luke W. Robson
Lighting Designer  Timothy Kelly
Costume Designer  Hannah Hodge
Sound Technician  Piotr Dubrowski
Lighting Technician  Matthew Green

Watch the trailer!