Boundless Theatre


22nd February - 11th March 2023
Written by Charlie Josephine
Directed by Julia Head

“You’re looking at me. All the time. What can I do, walk around with a T-shirt on like ”I’m Twelve, fuck off”?

Award-winning writer Charlie Josephine (I, Joan, The Globe) radically responds to William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies in their new piece Flies – A powerful and contemporary allegory on consent and the fetishisation of the female body.

This new show explodes with tales of girlhood, and the messy joy and sticky shame that come with it. Written from young women’s real experiences expect raw honesty, humour, and sweaty dance.

Directed by Julia Head (Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Old Vic), and brought to life by an exceptional cast of actors and alumni from The BRIT School, Flies is a disobedient cultural response to a very well-known story: the male gaze.



Shoreditch Town Hall

Performance time: 19:30

380 Old St, Hackney, London EC1V 9LT

£18 (full price)
£15 (concessions)

FLIES events

Boundless Artist Mixer – Tuesday 28th February:
Calling all Boundless Artists and Drama Club members… come on a date with us? We’ve missed Valentine’s Day (sorry), but we’ve got something better: Professional Speed Dating. Join us for career chats with the Boundless Team, some speedy friend-making with a glass of wine/soft drink and then to watch FLIES. And meet some lush new collaborators in the process. If you want to attend but aren’t a member of Drama Club, then you can join here. Pre show: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

International Women’s Day Panel – Wednesday 8th March
From Tarantino’s obsession with feet to impractical superhero costumes, what are the examples of female characters that make you rage? We want to hear them! Join us and a panel of creatives in celebration of International Women’s Day to discuss the male gaze in arts and media. Sign up here.

Boundless Producer Link Up – Thursday 9th March
Join producers from Boundless and Headlong in an exclusive workshop on all things producing.  Buy a ticket to FLIES and earn your pass on March 9th 2023. Sign up here and for more info email

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Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
Photographer: Chelsey Cliff, Designer: Cat Fuller
★★★★★ Flies is a "must-see" production! Theatre & Tonic
  'There are evocative moments of depth, of pain and fury within the piece, but they are nicely balanced by humour, affection and some raucous dance sequences' The Reviews Hub


Afriya-Jasmine Nylander   

Afriya- Jasmine trained at The Brit School on the Theatre Course. This included The Bridge Company course. FLIES is Afriya-Jasmine’s Professional Debut. 

Training Credits: Irina in ‘Three Sisters’, A in ‘An Invention’, Thersites in ‘Troilus and Cressida’ and Amara in ‘Are You Filming?’ 


Ellie-Rose Amit 

Ellie-Rose trained at The Brit School. 

Training Credits: June in ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ for the final performance at the BRIT. 

Other Credits: ‘Pass It On’ theatre festival, The Camden Fringe Festival, Hana in the Amazon TV series, ‘The Power’. 

Alongside acting, Ellie-Rose is also a writer.  


INSTAGRAM : @etakingplace  

TWITTER : @elirose___ 

Rosa Amos

Rosa trained at The BRIT School, this included The Bridge Company course. FLIES is Rosa’s Professional Debut. 

Training Credits: ‘The Welkin’ by Lucy Kirkwood, ‘A winter’s Tale’ by William Shakespeare and ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen.  

Rosa is now part of The Almeida Theatres Young Company and will be Performing in ‘Rush.’ 

Annabel Gray  

Annabel trained at The Brit School on the Post 16 Theatre Course. This included The Bridge Company course. FLIES is Annabel’s Professional Debut. 

Training Credits: Sally Poppy in ‘The Welkin’ by Lucy Kirkwood, Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and Cathy in ‘Cathy’ by Ali Taylor. 

Bridge Company Credits: Hope in Little Lights devised by the company, directed by Liz Bacon.

INSTAGRAM: @annabelxgray 

TWITTER: @annabelcrgray 

Louisa Hamdi  

Louisa trained at The Brit School. FLIES is Louisa’s Professional Debut. 

Training Credits: ‘Saint Joan’ by George Bernard Shaw, ‘The Winter’s Tale’ by William Shakespeare and a devised piece titled ‘dance like nobody’s watching’. 

Louisa was also part of National Youth Theatre (2022), in the summer intake course. Louisa is now part of RADA’s youth company, acting course.   


INSTAGRAM & TWITTER : @louisahamdi 

Pearl Adams

Pearl trained at The BRIT School on the Theatre course. FLIES is Pearl’s Professional Debut. 

Training credits: Fabiana Cunningham in ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’, Orlando in ‘As You Like It’, Hedda Gabler in ‘Hedda Gabler’ 


Willow Traynor 

Willow trained at The Brit School on the Musical Theatre course. This included The Bridge Company course. FLIES is Willow’s Professional Debut. 

Training Credits: Victoria in ‘CASES’, Max in ‘Meat’, ‘DANCE LIKE NOBODY IS WATCHING (EXCEPT EVERYONE IS)’ 


INSTAGRAM: @willowtraynor 


Charlie Josephine Playwright

Charlie Jospehine is an actor and a writer. Their award winning work includes ‘Bitch Boxer’, ‘BLUSH‘ and ‘Pops‘. They recently played Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the RSC. They are currently under commission at BBCFilms, Theatre Centre, the RSC and Audible. More information can be found at

Julia Head Director

Julia is a director of live work from Bristol. She is the Artistic Director of  FullRogue, a theatre company that exists to stress-test new writing and the limits of live performance. She is the Company Director of Young SixSix that collaborates closely with young people to make new work and supports them to realise their creative potential. Julia was a Headlong Origins Director for 2021 and is currently an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, Associate Director of Twisted Theatre and a trustee of MAYK and Headlong. Recent Credits include: ROMEO AND JULIET (Bristol Old Vic), MASSIVE by Charlotte Josephine (Audible Original Productions), WILD SWIMMING by FullRogue (BristolOldVic//59E59, NYC).

Cat Fuller Designer

Cat Fuller has an MA in Performance Design from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  In 2021 Cat was named a recipient of the Linbury Prize and was also awarded the John Elvery Prize for Excellence in Stage Design. Cat has an extensive specialist skill set, having previously worked as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant within the arts. Cat has a particular interest in performance where theatre and music collide. 

Her work as a set and costume designer includes The Sweet Science of Bruising at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath; Romeo and Juliet at Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic; Kyoto at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol; and The Duchess of Malfi at Putney Arts. Work as set designer includes The Three Seagulls at Bristol Old Vic; and Falling in Love Again at the King’s Head. Her work as an Associate Designer with Anna Fleischle includes: A Christmas Carol at Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Nov 2023), Home I’m Darling (UK tour – Jan 2023), The Time Traveller’s Wife at Chester Storyhouse, and Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre; and for Katie Sykes: The Long Lie with Theatre Ad Infinitum. 

Martha Godfrey Lighting Designer

Martha Godfrey is a lighting and projection designer working across theatre, dance, musicals and live art. Past work includes: The Prince (Southwark Playhouse), Mapping Gender (Tour & The Place), Bangers (Tour & Soho Theatre), But I’m A Cheerleader (Turbine Theatre), Passion Fruit (New Diorama Theatre), Home, I’m Darling (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Oliver Twist! (Chester Storyhouse), What Do You See (Shoreditch Town Hall), Redemption (The Big House), Pink Lemonade (The Bush), Concrete Jungle Book (The Pleasance), Fever Pitch (The Hope), Around The World in Eighty Days (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Time and Tide (The Park), Before I Was A Bear (The Bunker), I Wanna Be Yours (UK Tour and Bush), Unknown Rivers (Hampstead Downstairs), We Dig (Ovalhouse),  Cabildo (Arcola Theatre), GREY (Ovalhouse), WHITE (Ovalhouse, Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour), Exceptional Promise (The Bush), Fuck You Pay Me (The Bunker/Rich Mix/ Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe/Vaults Festival). 

Nik Nak Sound Designer and Composer

Nicole Raymond (NikNak) is an award winning storyteller who is developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, music producer, events promoter, lecturer/tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter. Nicole is currently under commission with Sky and Opera North. 


James Kent AV Designer

James is a London-based director and film maker. He was associate director with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and a resident artist at the Tobacco Factory Theatre. James has made work with Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Young Vic, National Theatre, Headlong, The Lyric Hammersmith, Actors Touring Company, Company Three, Wardrobe Ensemble, Wardrobe Theatre, Fen and Insane Root. 


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