“When you see a scar you know someone’s had pain, but if you can’t see it how would you know?”

In a school for excluded pupils in Hackney, Bailey waits for a decision that could change her life, whilst her headteacher prepares to leave it all behind.

Full of humour and heart, Marika Mckennell’s timely new play gives voice to those who have fallen through the cracks in mainstream education.

E8 premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August 2019. Produced in association with The Pleasance, the play was first developed through the North Wall’s Catalyst programme for early career writers. A rehearsed reading was performed at Alchymy 2018.

E8 was awarded a Fringe First from The Scotsman. Alice Vilanculo was awarded The Stage Edinburgh Award for Acting Excellence for her role as Bailey.

Performance Dates

31 July – 25 August 2019 // Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh


"Fast-moving and completely absorbing"

The Scotsman

"A real winner, which will definitely enjoy a life beyond these walls"

The Independent

"Sharp, upsetting, and compelling, E8 is at every level a play about the politics of care and attention, and deserves attention in return"

The List



Polly Tina Chiang
Mo Parys Jordon
Ryan Harry McMullen
Bailey Alice Vilanculo

Production Team

Writer Marika Mckennell
Director Ria Parry
Designer Ella Aukett
Lighting Designer Rebecca Welburn
Sound Designer John Hoggarth

Producer Ria Parry
Production Managers John Hoggarth and Rebecca Welburn
Stage Manager Rebecca Welburn
Production Assistant Amelia Thornber
Fight consultant Suzanne Buckley

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E8 Q&A: Alice Vilanculo, Actor
E8 Q&A: Rebecca Welburn, Lighting Designer
E8 Q&A: Marika Mckennell, Writer
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