The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

Arcola Theatre has suspended all public performances until further notice, in order to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).


“We all felt we were on the crest of a breaking wave. The future was ours.”

Following his acclaimed play Half Moon, Jack Shepherd premieres a new tragicomedy about life, money and art.

Anna and Chris have abandoned the lucrative world of art criticism for a self-sufficient life in the countryside. But seven years in, doubts are beginning to take root.

An unexpected visit from glamorous artist Elvira (Maggie Steed) shakes the foundations of the couple’s new life, and brings a bygone era into startlingly sharp focus.

The Cutting Edge explores the tensions between creativity and capitalism, sustainability and progress, and questions what matters most in the modern world.

Critic reviews

Consummate, compelling performances can’t quite elevate this directionless domestic drama

The Stage

Billed as a tragicomedy, there are certainly plenty of laughs in Shepherd's play, but it sadly doesn't feel complete enough to be tragic


Flavourless drama about art and country living

Everything Theatre

Moribund and faltering play

London Box Office

Plodding piece about the meaning and value of art

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 13 Feb - Sat 21 Mar, 2.30pm, 7pm & 7.30pm


24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions
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