Emma Bailey

Emma Bailey
Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising is written by Andy Day and performed in Smithfield Meat Market car park by members of the Big House. Big House works with care leavers who are at a high risk of social exclusion. They provide a platform for them to participate in the making of theatre and to have their voices heard.

Director / Maggie Norris

Set & Costume Design / Emma Bailey

Fight director / Kate Waters

Lighting Design / Zoe Spurr

Sound Design / Ed Clarke


"Designer Emma Bailey’s innovative setting provides an appropriately secluded platform to those on the fringe of society; those that have been squashed underground and pushed away from the gaze of humanity. Each corner of the dark car park houses a different setting, convincingly transformed into bedrooms strewn with week-old pizza boxes and unappetising stains; a run-down park littered with mud, leaves and a beaten-up car; a yard ravaged by callous youths carpeted with popped balloons...The strands of the fragmented set unite to create a feeling of the bitter, of the real, of the personal." A Younger Theatre

"Powerful promenade piece" The Stage★★★★

"If you’re going to see any theatre this month, it should be this." The Islington Gazette★★★★★

"Phoenix Rising is a deeply emotional piece of drama, heightened by the realism which sits behind it.  The innovative, and brilliantly executed staging pulls you in to the heart of the production." Theatre Weekly★★★★★

“Raw, edgy performances…an experience that will stay with me for quite some time.” Spy in the Stalls★★★★★

"Magnetic and impending" Everything Theatre★★★★★

"Phoenix Rising is a thought-provoking and meticulously structured piece of theatre" Broadway World★★★★★


- photos by Ben Millar Cole