A funny play that explores hoarding – from the joy to the addiction and suffocating shame.


by Laura Horton

Breathless is a funny, honest and stylish exploration of the knife-edge of hoarding, from the joy of purchasing new fashion, to the addiction and suffocating shame of having way too many clothes. What happens when the things we covet, hide us from ourselves? Opening up to new experiences in her late-thirties, Sophie is exploring long-repressed sides of herself. When a secret she’s keeping from those she loves, and even from herself, threatens to unravel it all, she has to make a choice. Who or what will she decide to give up?


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Laura Horton is Plymouth Laureate of Words, 2021-22, the first playwright and woman in the position. In 2020 Horton wrote and produced her first film, A Summer of Birds, Toast of the Fringe winner. Plays include: Labyrinth Diet, The Space, London 2021, ONCOMM winner; Triptych, Theatre Royal Plymouth, 2021; Giddy Tuppy,

The Space, ONCOMM winner, 2020; This I Believe, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Exeter Phoenix, 2019. She is currently commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth. She

was listed in The Stage 100 in 2021 for her project Theatre Stories CIC. Breathless was selected for the Pleasance and Theatre Royal Plymouth Regional Partnership.