The Vortex

The Vortex
by Noël Coward

“You wouldn’t be so perfect if you had wasted any of your time in sincerity.”

Noël Coward’s sparkling mix of wit and cocktails, The Vortex sets out to beguile and provoke in equal measure.

Enter the bright and charming world of flamboyant socialite Florence Lancaster and her talented young son Nicky.  Florence is a fading beauty enjoying an affair with a much younger man, Tom.  Nicky, a successful composer, returns from Paris with his new fiancée, Bunty.  When Tom and Bunty fall in love, Florence and Nicky face a crisis.  Their brilliant repartee and easy wit is slowly revealed to be a superficial surface under which lie real, human struggles.  In confronting his vain, self-absorbed mother can Nicky break free from his own demons?

The Vortex was first performed in 1924 where its subject matter of sex and drugs scandalised London.  Now, 90 years on, it is just as delightful, thrilling and, in the words of the author, ‘un peu shocking’.

‘The theatrical shocker of the Jazz Age’

Directed by Annabelle Comyn
Set Design by Paul O’Mahony
Costume Design by Peter O’Brien
Lighting Design by Chahine Yavroyan
Composer & Sound Design by Philip Stewart
Choreography by Philip Connaughton


Helen Saville played by Fiona Bell
Nicky Lancaster played by Rory Fleck Byrne
David Lancaster played by Simon Coury
Bruce Fairlight played by Peter Gaynor
Pauncefort Quentin played by Mark O’Regan
Florence Lancaster played by Susannah Harker
Preston played by Andrea Kelly
Bunty Mainwaring played by Katie Kirby
Clara Hibbert played by Rebecca O’Mara
Tom Veryan played by Ian Toner