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On the Exhale

Like a child, a weapon won't be satisfied, until it dominates your every thought


Run time: 70 minutes

Age: 11+

Content warnings: Explores gun violence and parental grief.

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The Guardian

4 stars

The Scotsman

4 stars

The Herald

4 stars

"Zimmerman’s script never takes you quite where you expect, and the mesmerising performance of Polly Frame… hits home like a bullet."

The Guardian

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On The Exhale

by Martín Zimmerman
In association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Written by Martín Zimmerman
Directed by Christopher Haydon

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).

Photo © Iona Firouzabadi

Listen Now

On The Exhale by Martín Zimmerman is now available on Audible.


Content warnings: Explores gun violence and parental grief.

Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes
Narrated by Polly Frame.


Creative Team

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Martín Zimmerman

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter.

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  • Writer | Martín Zimmerman
  • Director | Christopher Haydon
  • Performer | Polly Frame
  • Designer | Frankie Bradshaw
  • Lighting Designer | Colin Grenfell
  • Sound Designer | Donato Wharton
  • Assistant Director | Monique Touko
  • Filmmaker | Iona Firouzabadi
  • Producer | China Plate

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