Short audio play, Snake Oil, free to listen online

Derby Theatre is excited to announce SNAKE OILa short audio play with integrated audio description, is now free to listen via Soundcloud until the end of July.

The play will be one of the three digital works commissioned by Derby Theatre in 2021, written and produced by Emily Holyoake


"I imagine a lot of people find you when they’re at that point of, “well, if it helps even a little bit, then what’s the harm?”’

A young journalist, Mickey, arrives at the home of a wellness entrepreneur for an interview about her new book, The Goodness Plan.

As Mickey digs deeper into Marianne’s ethos around food, and Marianne prepares one of her favourite recipes, the two women come to a stand-off over Marianne’s central rule for healing: ‘nothing artificial, under any circumstances’.

Listen on SoundCloud


Mickey: Kate Spencer
Marianne: Lynne Payne


Writer/Producer: Emily Holyoake
Director/Dramaturg: Louisa Sanfey
Sound Designer: Adam P McCready
Access Consultant: Lucy C Hayward

With voices recorded by Richard McKerron at Dubrek Studios, Derby.