Bess and Hannah are waiting. Sleeping rough on the streets of London they’re hoping for help to arrive and for life to change, but they’ve been waiting for a long time.

Until, that is, they meet Caz, a young woman who's not content to sit quietly, she’s far more interested in taking what she needs.

As Bess and Hannah get drawn further into this new way of thinking they discover a power in their position that opens up a world of change

Smoke & Oakum’s award-winning Kings transfers to New Diorama Theatre fresh from sold-out shows at the 2017 VAULT Festival.

On 12th October there will be a special half-hour talk about the crisis of homelessness in the UK, chaired by actor and Centrepoint ambassador, Lisa Maxwell after the performance of KINGS. Each ticket bought for this performance will include a £2.50 donation to Centrepoint charity, which will go towards helping them continue their excellent work with youth homelessness.

This production is supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.


Smoke & Oakum is an award-winning theatre company, specialising in new writing. Established by Artistic Director Oli Forsyth, the company has produced six shows, garnering 5-star reviews, winning awards and seeing three texts published. Our plays cover a wide range of topics, from UK rave culture to boxing management, and are all produced with the same humour and quick-fire dialogue that has become synonymous with Smoke & Oakum Theatre. 

Smoke and Oakum were a New Diorama Emerging Company 2016. 

WINNER Show of the week award VAULT FEST 2017

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★★★★ "Superbly-acted drama about the plight of and power struggles within a London homeless community...a compelling work with a bold political heart" The Stage

★★★★ "a challenging and engaging production that needs to be seen" London Theatre1

★★★★ "entirely absorbing, it’s real edge of your seat stuff" Theatre Weekly

★★★★ "A stirling example of political theatre done right." Fringe Guru

★★★★ "Something very special…Forsyth is gaining a reputation as an ambitious writer" Auditorium Magazine