The Unpacking

How far would you go to stand by a friend? Lie for them? Cheat for them? Go to prison for them?

Can you be sure they would do the same for you . . . of course they would. Wouldn’t they?

In a locked side room in a foreign airport are three young people, University students who flat-share in Manchester. An ‘item of interest’ has been found in their one, shared suitcase.

They have no idea what the item is. Enter their holiday rep, Olivia, to sort things out. But nothing and no one is quite what they seem.


The Unpacking is a tension filled hour of manipulation, control, backstabbing, deceit, treachery and game playing . . . the unpacking of friendship.



Sapphire Keft Olivia

Joshua Marc Denny Cole

Kyra Scott Emma

Dan Hulme Ben

Theatre Factory Team
Director Rachel Ashton
Co-Director Connie James
Writer Imogen Berry-Henshaw
Designer Kate Unwin
Lighting Design Phil Bentley
Sound Design, Sound and Lighting Operation Damian Rose
Dramaturg Kevin Dyer
Marketing Joe Stebbins
Company Manager George Floyd

The Unpacking toured in July 2019 to

The Box, Kendal; Theatre Factory, Barrow; Victoria Hall, Settle; Gosforth Public Hall; The Parish Hall, Riding Mill; Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port; The PPL, Preston

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