Full casting for People, Places & Things


Headlong, the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott present

People, Places & Things

By Duncan Macmillan

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

with Holly Race Roughan

Set designs by Bunny Christie, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Matthew Herbert, sound by Tom Gibbons and video design by Andrzej Goulding. 

Full casting has been announced on Jeremy Herrin's much anticipated UK revival of Duncan Macmillan's highly acclaimed People, Places & Things.  Joining Lisa Dwyer Hogg as Emma are Michael Balogun (Shaun), Trevor Fox (Paul & Dad), Susan Lawson-Reynolds (Jodi), Ekow Quartey (Foster), Andrew Sheridan (Mark), Imogen Slaughter (Meredith), Aimee-Lou Wood (Laura) and Matilda Ziegler (Doctor & Mum).

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London's West End, People, Places & Things will embark on a major UK tour for Headlong in a co-production with the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The production will open to press at HOME, Manchester, on Thursday 28 September before travelling to Oxford Playhouse (11 - 14 October), Bath Theatre Royal (17 - 21 October), Bristol Old Vic (24 - 28 October), Exeter Northcott Theatre (31 October - 4 November), Nuffield Theatre, Southampton (7 - 11 November), Liverpool Playhouse (14 - 18 November) and Cambridge Arts Theatre(21 - 25 November).

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she's in rehab.  Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn't with Emma, it's with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she's smart enough to know that there's no such thing. 

When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

Irish born Lisa Dwyer Hogg will play Emma, an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control because of her addictions to drink and drugs. 

Duncan Macmillan's intoxicating play People, Places & Things became the must-see show in 2016 for its vivid portrayal of one woman's entanglement in addiction, treatment and self-awareness.

Lisa Dwyer Hogg's stage credits include St Joan (Lyric Belfast), Signatories (Verdant Theatre, Kilmainham Gaol & Irish Tour), After Miss Julie, Blackbird, Scarborough (Prime Cut Theatre Company); Liola (National Theatre); Heartbreak House, Tales of Ballycumber (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Importance of Being Earnest, The Mariner (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Dunsinane (RSC / Hampstead) Dallas Sweetman (Paines Plough); Begin Again (Old Vic / 24 Hour Plays); Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford); Loyal Women (Royal Court); Pete and Me (New End, Hampstead); Many Loves (Sandis / Lillian Bayliss). 

Her screen credits include The Fall in which she played Marion Kay, the sister of serial killer Paul Spector's first victim.  Other credits include BBC's Waking the Dead, The Royal, Acceptable Risk (RTE), Across the Universe (Revolution), Almost Adult (Parallax Films), A Year of Greater Love, Best: His Mother's Son, Casualty (BBC); The Royal (Yorkshire TV); Trial and Retribution, Commander (La Plante Productions); The Bill, Fallen (Thames TV); and Wire in the Blood III (Coastal Productions).

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning playwright whose work includes People, Places & Things (2015-17 - National Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre, West End); 1984, adapt. George Orwell (2013-17 - Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse/West End/Broadway/international tours, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-17 - Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre/Edinburgh Festival/UK and international tours/HBO); City Of Glass, adapt. Paul Auster (2017 - 59 Productions, HOME and Lyric Hammersmith), 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (2014-15 - Royal Court Theatre/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); The Forbidden Zone (2014-16 - Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne, Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück, adapt. Peter Handke (2014 - Burgtheater Vienna); Reise Durch die Nacht, adapt. Friederike Mayröcker (2012-14 - Schauspielhaus Köln, Festival d'Avignon, Teatertreffen); Lungs (2011-16 Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington DC) and Monster (2006 - Royal Exchange).  

Jeremy Herrin directs and is the Artistic Director of Headlong.  His most recent credits for the company include The House They Grew Up In (co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre), Common (co-production with the NT), Junkyard (Tour), This House, People Places & Things (NT / West End), The Nether (Royal Court / West End) and The Absence of War (Sheffield / Tour).  His work includes, for the RSC, the hugely successfully and award-winning world premiere of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies (West End/Broadway), for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and was nominated for Best Director at the 2015 Tony Awards. For his production of This House (National Theatre) he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Director. Jeremy was Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 2009 until 2012 where his work included No Quarter, Hero, Haunted Child, The Heretic, Kin, Spur of the Moment, Off the Endz, The Priory, Tusk Tusk, and That Face which transferred to the West End. Jeremy will direct James Graham's new play Labour of Love, a Headlong and Michael Grandage Company co-production opening in the West End in September.

People, Places & Things will run at Bristol Old Vic from 24-28 Oct 


Headlong, the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott present    
By Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
with Holly Race Roughan

Cast Lisa Dwyer Hogg, Michael Balogun, Trevor Fox, Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Ekow Quartey, Imogen Slaughter, George Somner and Aimee Lou Wood

Touring 2017-18
HOME, Manchester 22 September-7 October 2017 (press night 28 Sep)
Oxford Playhouse 11-14 Octtober 2017 
Bath Theatre Royal 17-21 October 2017 
Bristol Old Vic 24-28 October 2017
Exeter Northcott Theatre 31 October - 4 November 2017 
Nuffield Southampton Theatre 7-11 November 2017 
Liverpool Playhouse 14-18 November 2017 
Cambridge Arts Theatre 21-25 November 2017 


Headlong creates exhilarating contemporary theatre: a provocative mix of innovative new writing, reimagined classics and influential twentieth century plays that illuminate our world.

Headlong is one of the most ambitious & exciting theatre companies in the world. We make bold, innovative productions with some of the UK's finest artists. We take these industry leading, award-winning shows around the country & beyond, in theatres & online, attracting new audiences of all ages & backgrounds. We engage as deeply as we can with these communities & this helps us become better at what we do.

Our productions have included The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Common (National Theatre), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd and Rose Theatre Kingston) This House (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Pygmalion (UK tour), Boys Will Be Boys (Bush Theatre), People, Places & Things (National Theatre and West End), 1984 (UK and international tour and West End), The Nether (Royal Court Theatre and West End), American Psycho (Almeida and Broadway), Chimerica (Almeida and West End), and Enron (UK tour, West End and Broadway).


At the National Theatre, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring, and we make it for everyone. In 2016-2017, the NT staged 26 productions and gave 2,585 performances at our home on the South Bank. The NT's award-winning programme had a UK paying audience of 1.8 million, 400,000 of which were NT Live audiences.

The work the National Theatre produces appeals to the widest possible audiences with new plays, musicals, re-imagined classics and new work for young audiences. The NT's work is seen in the West End, on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with partners across the country. Through NT Live, we broadcast some of the best of British theatre to over 2,000 venues in 60 countries around the world.

Our extensive Learning programme offers talks, events and workshops for people of all ages, and reaches nationwide through programmes such as Connections, our annual festival of new plays for schools and youth theatres. In 2016-2017 there were 196,826 participations through the NT Learning events programme. Over 3,000 schools have signed up to the free streaming service, On Demand In Schools, since its launch in September 2015.


HOME, Manchester's centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books, opened its doors in 2015. HOME is a place for curiosity seekers, for lovers of the dramatic, the digital and the deeply engaging; for radicals and reciprocators.

HOME works with artists to produce new and extraordinary theatre experiences, programming an exciting, eclectic mix of drama and dance with a strong focus on international work, new commissions and talent development.

Led by Artistic Director: Theatre, Walter Meierjohann, HOME has collaborated with many of the most celebrated artists on the UK and International scene, including Complicite, 1927, Simon Stephens, Hofesh Shechter, Peeping Tom, Philippe Quesne and 59productions and offers opportunities to theatre makers at all career stages to develop and extend their practice, presenting thought-provoking and experimental work.

The patrons of HOME are Danny Boyle, former National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, actress Suranne Jones, playwright and poet Jackie Kay MBE, artists Rosa Barba and Phil Collins, filmmaker Asif Kapadia, and actress and author Meera Syal CBE. homemcr.org | @HOME_mcr 


Exeter Northcott Theatre is a new model regional theatre.  It is a bold sustainable life-affirming hub of entertainment, enjoyment and learning for Exeter, the South West and beyond. From its home at the heart of the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus it creates, curates and collaborates on a vibrant programme of exceptional performance, championing inclusivity, education, talent and skill development.

Under the artistic direction of Paul Jepson the Northcott has been steadily increasing its producing arm.  Recent productions include: The Railway Children (Exeter Northcott and Nick Brooke Ltd co-production (National Tour); Dracula: The Bloody Truth (Le Navet Bete in association with Exeter Northcott); J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan; French Without Tears (Exeter Northcott, English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre co-production); This Is My Body (Exeter Northcott and Ten Ten Productions - Anti Slavery Day Media Award Winner 2015); Harold Pinter's Betrayal; A Christmas Carol (Exeter Northcott and Creative Cow co-production).

This has allowed the theatre to develop a radical interdisciplinary commissioning programme - IMPACT.  In March 2017, the Northcott successfully piloted, Beyond My Control, an interactive performance about epilepsy, presented as part of its IMPACT Programme in partnership with the University of Exeter, using the medium of performance to facilitate public engagement for the University's world class research.

Exeter Northcott also runs an Associates Programme, which supports the next generation of theatre companies to successfully transition to the midscale. Current members comprise PaddleBoat Theatre Company, Metta Theatre and Le Navet Bete.

Future plans include: Dick Whittington (Christmas 2017); Beyond My Control (National and International Tour); Hepburn & Tracy by Ryan Craig.