The Serpentine, Hampton, PETERBOROUGH, Cambridgeshire, PE7 8BE

Add CUBED: A SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:




Well known in the city for producing high quality plays – from last year’s gentle but moving sellout performances of Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van, to the hugely successful, rip-roaring farce that was One Man Two Guvnors – Peterborough Mask Theatre is extremely proud to pre-sent their first ever short play festival.

CUBED: A Short Play Festival brings you six, modern, one-act plays, performed in pairs. Each double-bill will be performed 3 times, over the course of 9 performances, including one mat-inee. MASK is giving audiences the chance to take advantage of a special multi-buy offer to see all 6 plays for an amazing £9.99

So why ‘CUBED’? The name of the festival came from the design instruction that was given to the directors – that each play should have its set made up of cubes, and only cubes. They could be different sizes, but the shape must be CUBED. Our six directors have risen to the challenge and have come up with very creative and ingenious ways of doing this.

The plays being performed are: Constellations by Nick Payne which is paired with Contractions by Mike Bartlett; How These Desperate Men Talk by Enda Walsh paired with Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner and Ramona Tells Jim by Sophie Wu paired with Sit-ting Here written by MASK member Di Fox.

The one-act plays, each lasting between 30 and 70 minutes, cover a range of genres and themes that will have you thinking and talking long after you’ve left the theatre. There’s a dystopian future where words have been limited by law, and a workplace where contractual obligations cross into life. Watch two men having a conversation to find the truth... but whose truth? Ex-plore infinite universes, possibilities and outcomes, and choices made that come back to haunt. Experience love and regret and forgiveness.

Written in the 21st century and performed all over the world, these six plays have a range of astonishing accolades. MASK Theatre is thoroughly excited to bring them to a Peterborough au-dience. Performed in an intimate setting, at the Undercroft, Serpentine Green, you can get close to the heart of the action and become invested in the characters in front of you.

Tim Bold, director of Constellations says:

“...directing a one act, two-hander is very different. Working so closely with the two actors we are able to explore every intention, every emotion and every nuance in depth. It is emotionally intense, but hugely satisfying…”

Matt Clift, director of How These Desperate Men Talk adds:

“…Just having two actors, hardly any set and such an ambiguous play as How These Desperate Men Talk… reminds you why creating theatre is incredibly rewarding….”

Taking place between 12th March and 21st March, MASK is hoping that the variety of plays, along with the value for money multi-buy offer, will attract not just regular theatre lovers, but bring in a new audience who want a taster of quality theatre, at an affordable price, in a great local venue.

Evening performances are 7.30pm with one matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 21st March. Tickets are priced at £5 for 1 double-bill, £8 for 2 double-bills and an incredible offer of £9.99 for all 3 double-bills.

Visit for an event planner and to book tickets.

Seats are limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment

Guide Prices

Tickets are priced at £5 for 1 double-bill, £8 for 2 double-bills and an incredible offer of £9.99 for all 3 double-bills.

Visit for an event planner and to book tickets.

Seats are limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (12 Mar 2020 - 21 Mar 2020)

What's Nearby

  1. Crown Lakes is made up of 2 large flooded brick pits & spans 87 acres of community…

    0.95 miles away
  2. A lovely green area in the heart of Peterborough's Orton Longueville area, Botolph Green…

    1.43 miles away
  3. St Mary’s is a Church of England parish church serving the eastern side of the city. We…

    1.57 miles away
  1. Site of old settling ponds that have developed into a mixture of reedbeds, open water and…

    1.85 miles away
  2. The Nene offers a myriad of natural habitats, including wildflower meadows, wetlands,…

    1.88 miles away
  3. The Fens, also known as the Fenlands, is a naturally marhy plain in the east of England…

    1.88 miles away
  4. The Green Backyard is a vibrant community growing project in the heart of Peterborough,…

    2 miles away
  5. Railworld Wildlife Haven highlights sustainable transport and the environment, with…

    2.08 miles away
  6. Ferry Meadows Country Park is at the heart of Nene Park in Peterborough. It's the perfect…

    2.12 miles away
  7. Nene Park stretches for 10km along the beautiful valley of the River Nene immediately…

    2.12 miles away
  8. Alongside the river Nene at Thorpe Meadows, this reserve contains ponds, marsh,…

    2.14 miles away
  9. The ponds at Longthorpe originally belonged to the medieval manor (no longer standing)…

    2.17 miles away
  10. 17th century building, previously used as toll house for goods transported by river. Not…

    2.19 miles away
  11. The Embankment by the River Nene plays host to many events throughout the year.

    2.22 miles away
  12. An ancient woodland full of wild flowers - an unexpected treasure in such an urban setting

    2.31 miles away
  13. At St Botolph’s we seek, together with all other Christians, to be followers of Jesus…

    2.31 miles away
Previous Next