Upstairs Theatre and Paper Tiger Productions present...


Afsaneh Gray

Finished run

AGES: 14+
TICKETS: £5 (Tour Preview Price)

Three women have been called in for assessment. Sara looks sort of Asian. Scheherazade sort of Middle Eastern. And Sarah is sort of white. But how British are they?

Octopus is a post-Brexit satire set in a world of bureaucratic box ticking and absurd interviews that feels disturbingly close to present day reality given that Theresa May has just called an early general election. It takes an unflinching look at identity politics, what it’s like to be treated as a foreigner in your own land… and the power of punk. Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe (“Laugh-out-loud funny” The Times) and a sell-out transfer to London’s Theatre503, Octopus is directed by Fringe First winner Pia Furtado, written by Royal Court Studio Group writer Afsaneh Gray, and features music by Serafina Steer (whose critically acclaimed album The Moths Are Real was produced by Jarvis Cocker).

Post show discussion with Zuffar Haq, Subika Anwar and Alison Statham.

Octopus is going on tour after Upstairs At The Western to Greenwich, the Brighton Fringe, Oxford, Maidenhead, Margate, Newbury, Canterbury, Poole, Birmingham, Peterborough, Halifax and Derby, which means we can now have tour preview tickets at just £5 (you can still pay full price to support the theatre if you want to).

Show Times

Sat 29th Apr
7.30pm to 9.00pm
£5 (Tour Preview Price)


With strong performances, pointed political commentary and dynamic staging, this Edinburgh transfer is one not to be missed. Funny, powerful and incisive, Octopus is both an enjoyable play and a stark warning of days yet to come.
The Reviews Hub

Couldn’t be more topical
Broadway Baby

It is a great pity someone didn’t bring Theresa May to this show, but then I guess she was too busy trying to make the absurdities depicted in the satire a frightening reality.
British Theatre Guide

Government advice means we are now closed until further notice. We’re heartbroken for our lovely theatre, our magnificent artists, our loyal audiences & volunteers & all our comrades in the industry. Love to you all. ❤️

About 11 months ago