China Plate and Audible present

On The Exhale

A one-woman play by Martín Zimmerman.

Directed by Christopher Haydon.



On The Exhale

China Plate and Audible present

On The Exhale

by Martín Zimmerman

in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

like a child

a weapon won't be satisfied

until it dominates your every thought

After a devastating school shooting, a woman develops an obsession that begins to take over every aspect of her existence. The UK premier of Martín Zimmerman’s “startlingly original” (New York Times) play is a compulsive and visceral examination of American gun violence directed by double Fringe First Award winner Christopher Haydon (Grounded & The Christians).

“Director Christopher Haydon precision-guides the show to a stratospheric level of theatrical intensity.” (The Telegraph on Grounded)

On The Exhale is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. It is supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.



“Zimmerman’s -person script never takes you quite where you expect, and the mesmerising performance of Polly Frame… hits home like a bullet.” - The Guardian


“In Polly Frame’s magnificent performance, directed by Christopher Haydon… her story drives and tightens with riveting intensity towards a final confrontation that has us almost literally holding our breaths, before the final exhale.” - The Scotsman


“Christopher Haydon’s production takes its grim-faced and terrifyingly pertinent subject matter and invests Zimmerman’s script with the twists and turns of a thriller.” - The Herald


On The Exhale is now available on Audible:

Creative team

Writer | Martín Zimmerman

Director | Christopher Haydon

Performer | Polly Frame

Designer | Frankie Bradshaw

Lighting Designer | Colin Grenfell

Sound Designer | Donato Wharton

Assistant Director | Monique Touko

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Past performances

26th Jul 2018 - 27th Jul 2018South Street Arts, Reading 
2nd Aug 2018 - 26th Aug 2018Traverse, Edinburgh 
28th Aug 2018 - 1st Sep 2018Oxford Playhouse