5 (1) · New Writing

“Do you even need me here? I think you do. Actually.”


Luke, Cassandra and Mary are sitting. They sit weekly for their portraits and, in a series of revealing sessions, end up sharing their funny and moving tales of love, longing and loss.

Sitting is the debut play by BAFTA Award-winning actress Katherine Parkinson. Her many credits include The IT Crowd, Doc Martin, The Honourable Woman and Humans. Sitting marks director Sarah Bedi‘s first production at Arcola, following previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe, Westminster Abbey and the Young Vic.

Critic reviews

An underwhelming and generally weak piece of theatre

Broadway World

Sarah Bedi has directed her trio with minimal fuss on a simply realised set by Susannah Henry

London Box Office

The play has a lightness and an overtly positive tone to it, which makes it a pleasant play to sit through and soak in


Katherine Parkinson's ear for the cadences of comedy is unsurprisingly sharp

Evening Standard

Sitting is an excellent piece of fringe theatre which demonstrates Parkinson’s talents as a writer not only of comedy but also of genuinely heartfelt humanity

The Upcoming

Although the acting is patchy, Parkinson shows promise as a writer, and has a deep understanding of character and of comedy

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 10 Apr - Sat 11 May, 3.30pm & 8pm


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