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Besotted couple Billy and Rachel have a rat problem. But lurking below the floorboards of their first home together is a much darker, deep-rooted horror the couple must confront – no matter how damaging or deadly. VERMIN is an unsettling, unrelenting and heartbreaking dark comedy that peels back the layers of unchecked grief.

Following a runaway Edinburgh Fringe success, VERMIN is presented by The REcreate Agency in collaboration with multiple award-nominated and critically acclaimed theatre company Triptych Theatre.

“It taps into a deeply rooted fear, not only of that which creeps, crawls and scuttles beneath the floor and within the walls, but of that which festers and broods in those closest to us” – British Theatre Guide.

★★★★★ “Truly a brilliant one of a kind.” – British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ “An exceptional piece of theatre” – Broadway Baby

★★★★★ “At once hilarious, repulsive and heartbreaking. What a ride.” – FringeBiscuit

★★★★ “Tautly staged, queasily funny and, at times, spectacularly nasty” – The Stage

★★★★ “Hair-raising and heartbreaking” – Theatre Weekly

★★★★ “Inspired, rich and sensational” – The Theatre Reviewer

Dates / Venues

Premiering at The Arcola

14 March – 1 April 2023


Writer – Benny Ainsworth

Director – Michael Parker