Dawn King

Directed by Blanche McIntyre
A co-production between Out of Joint,
the Bush and Exeter Northcott Theatre
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Scotsman

The month long run of Ciphers at the Bush in London sold out and it toured across the UK. It has subsequently been produced around the world including America (Inis Nua Theatre Company, Philedelphia) and Italy (Theatro Stabile de Genoa.) and received its German premiere this year at Theater Bielefeld.

Ciphers is now in development as a feature film project with Cowboy Films, adaptation by Dawn King. Ciphers made the Brit List of the best ‘yet to shoot’ screenplays as selected by the UK film industry in 2016.


  • James Tait Black drama prize 2014 (longlisted)

You can buy the text for this and Foxfinder from Nick Hern books.

"An ingenious thriller about spies, surveillance and doubleness, immaculately staged by Blanche McIntyre."Guardian
"An impressively fluent and dynamic piece of theatre… a play that relentlessly exposes the extent to which life itself – identity, personality, family, love, hate, desire, even work – becomes increasingly meaningless, when people… gradually lose all contact with the sharp and beautiful tang of truth."The Scotsman
"The plot’s subtle permutations lingered in my mind long after, leaving unsettled feelings about our era of constant surveillance and terrorist threats. Ciphers succeeds as a thriller, but is also disturbingly perceptive about modern fears."Philadelphia City Paper