The IT & The Accordion Shop

12 - 15 Dec

The IT by Vivienne Franzmann | The Accordion Shop by Cush Jumbo

The IT & The Accordion Shop

12 - 15 Dec

Director Eloise Lally
Set Designer Jida Akil
Costume Designer Anna Kelsey
Lighting Designer Hector Murray
Sound Designer Matthew Giles

A double bill of one-act plays exploring teenage rage.

In The IT, a young girl has something growing inside her and it’s not what you think. It has claws. It’s slowly taking over. No one must know.

RIOT. THE ROAD. 7pm TONIGHT. In The Accordion Shop, hundreds of teenagers are surging onto the streets after all receiving the same mysterious text message.

These brilliant, utterly contemporary pieces – commissioned by the National Theatre – are paired for the first time and infused with furious theatrical life by our Acting students in this in-the-round production.

The IT is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

The IT & The Accordion Shop features strobe lighting, haze, strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and references to dark themes including bullying, suicide, war and violence.

Booking Info


Tuesday 12 December, 7.15pm
Wednesday 13 December, 7.15pm
Thursday 14 December, 2.15pm
Thursday 14 December, 7.15pm
Friday 15 December, 7.15pm

Standard £16.50
Concessions (under 18/student/unemployed)* £12.50
Southwark Presents Cardholder £11

Backstage Theatre, Mountview, 120 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JT

To Book

020 8881 2201
Our box office hours are currently Monday-Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. Online booking is 24 hours, but phone and in-person bookings should be made within these times. Tickets are booked subject to Mountview's terms and conditions.

Industry Bookings

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Access and Concessions Bookings

*Please bring proof of ID when purchasing concession tickets. Access tickets are charged at the concession rate. Audience members who require a companion ticket can book this by contacting the box office team on or 020 8881 2201.

Eloise Lally


Eloise is a theatre and opera director, making collaborative, process driven work.

She has recently directed a new production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia for English Touring Opera and upcoming engagement’s include assisting Paul Carr for the Netherlands Touring Opera and creating a new version of Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen.

This is Eloise’s first staging with Mountview since completing her training in Theatre Directing in 2011.

Tom Godwin

Movement Director

Tom trained with Jacques Lecoq and has worked as an actor, movement director and teacher for over 25 years.

Alongside period drama, street theatre, soap operas and clowning he has worked extensively in collaborative and devised theatre and new writing, most recently in James Graham’s Best of Enemies (West End), Hugo Blick’s The English (TV) and Ridley Scott’s Napoleon (Film).

Alongside his work at Mountview he is currently filming Polite Society written and directed by Peter Glanz.

Jida Akil

Set Designer

Jida is a Syrian/Lebanese theatre designer. Her designs have been exhibited by Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design.

Selected Credits: Penguin, Human Nurture, Funeral Flowers and Complicité Do A-Level Drama (UK tours), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stafford Gatehouse), How to Break Out of a Detention Centre (Riverside Studios), For a Palestinian (Camden People’s Theatre/Bristol Old Vic), Painkiller (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Poison Belt (Jermyn Street Theatre) and The 4th Country (Park Theatre).

Associate/Assistant: The Odyssey (National Theatre), Hamlet and The Collaboration (Young Vic).

Anna Kelsey

Set & Costume Designer

Anna trained at RWCMD.

She completed a year with the RSC as Assistant Designer 2018-19, is an associate artist at The Watermill Theatre and was shortlisted for the JMK 2023.

Selected design credits include: Shakespeare’s R&J (Reading Rep), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Sorcerers Apprentice, Indecent Proposal (Southwark Playhouse), The Wicker Husband, Under Milk Wood, Our Town (Watermill), Blue Stockings (Mountview), Ring Ring, Dance Nation (Omnibus), If.Destroyed.Still.True (Hope).

Assistant/Associate credits include: The Flying Dutchman (Opera Up Close), Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) (Minack), Purple Snowflake and Titty Wanks (Royal Court), The Boy in the Dress, Measure for Measure, Venice Preserved, Kunene and the King (RSC).

Hector Murray

Lighting Designer

Hector is a lighting designer for plays, musicals and dance.

He was nominated for an Off West End Award (2020) and received The ETC Award from the Association of Lighting Designers (2017).

Design credits include: High Society (Mill at Sonning), So Here We Are (Arts Ed), Birds and Bees (Sheffield), Dirty Hearts (Old Red Lion), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Union) and Acts of Resistance (Bristol Old Vic).

As Associate credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (Phoenix), The Doctor (Duke of York’s) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Harold Pinter).

Matthew Giles

Sound Designer

Matthew has been a sound designer and engineer for the past 15 years, his work has taken him all over the world with shows ranging from fringe festivals, UK and international touring and the West End.

Credits include: Sister Act (UK tour), Cabaret (The Playhouse), Death Drop (The Criterion), Hymn (Almeida), Alice in Wonderland (UK tour), 9 to 5 (The Savoy), Young Frankenstein (The Garrick), Thriller Live (The Lyric), The Producers (international tour), Flashdance (UK and Ireland tour), In the Heights and The Railway Children (Kings Cross Theatre), The Last Five Years (UK tour) and Rent (Edinburgh Fringe).

The IT / The Accordion Shop Creatives

Voice Coach
Andrea Lewis (she/her)

Assistant Director
Eilidh Evans* (she/her)

* MA Theatre Directing student

The IT / The Accordion Shop Crew

Production Manager
Cory Duffill (he/him)

Production Assistant
Maria Guevara**

Costume Supervisor
Kat Stone (she/her)

Stage Manager
Harlee Chevis† (they/them)

Deputy Stage Manager
Dani Jones† (she/her)

Assistant Stage Managers
Rosie Curwen† (she/her)
Neri Traugot† (she/her)

Production Electrician
Ziharie Adams† (he/him)

LX 2
Ben Edwards† (he/him)

Scenic Construction Manager
Hannah Smith

Scenic Art Manager
Steven Peters

Scenic Artists / Prop Makers
Alex Holl‡
Amy Kennington‡

** MA Creative Producing student
† FdA/BA Theatre Production Arts student
‡ Scenic Art and Prop Making student

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