The Incident Room

By Olivia Hirst and David Byrne
Directed by Beth Flintoff and David Byrne

Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, 2019
New Diorama Theatre, London, February - March 2020

Best of the Festival Picks in The Stage, The Telegraph & The Guardian

***** British Theatre Guide
***** Everything Theatre
**** The Stage
**** The Telegraph
**** The Scotsman
**** Broadway World
**** The Daily Mail

‘The ingenuity of this piece is that it gives a pacy, clock-ticking sense of what things were like’ **** The Telegraph

An electrifying energy pulsates around the theatre.’ ***** The Edinburgh Guide

‘Beautifully crafted. The narrative drives forward pacify, gaining urgency as each new murder is discovered.’ The Guardian

Photographs by The Other Richard

It’s 1975. In Leeds, the Millgarth Incident Room is the epicentre of the biggest manhunt in British police history.

We follow Sergeant Megan Winterburn as she joins hundreds of officers working around the clock to find the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper.

With public pressure mounting, the investigation resorts to increasingly audacious attempts to catch one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers.

Following New Diorama Theatre’s award-winning productions of Secret Life of Humansand Down & Out in Paris and London, we go behind the scenes and investigate the case that broke the British police force.

The Incident Room is directed by Beth Flintoff and New Diorama Theatre's Artistic Director, David Byrne, and is written by Olivia Hirst and David Byrne. It is co-production with The Pleasance and Greenwich Theatre, and is supported by Arts Council England.


Writers - Olivia Hirst & David Byrne
Directors - Beth Flintoff & David Byrne
Set Design - Patrick Connellan
Digital Design - Zakk Hein
Lighting Design - Greg Cebula
Composer & Sound Design - Yaiza Varona
Movement Associate - Kane Husbands
Costume Design - Ronnie Dorsey


Katy Brittain
Colin R Campbell
Peter Clements
Ben Eagle
Charlotte Melia
Jamie Samuel
Tanya Vital