Strong writing from Warner, and stirring performances from Higgins and McBain ensure that  nest  is one of the highlights of this year’s Vault Festival

★★★★ 1/2 – Richard McGuire, The Reviews Hub

They made beautiful patterns in the sky and then just disappeared  …   

messy love story rages in a long-forgotten council estate. Forgotten by society, amongst piss-sodden lifts and an alcohol haze, Jade and Liam have nowhere to turn but to each other. 

Jade is alone, always alone, until one night Liam accidentally knocks on her door looking for a party. What he finds is more beautiful then he could ever imagine, yet it might just break them both.


Set against an isolated council estate, nest is the beautifully messy love story of two people forgotten by society, with nowhere left to turn but to each other. 


nest by award-winning Australian playwright Katy Warner, was shortlisted from 1,600 plays during the prestigious Theatre503 playwriting award 2016 and also for the Live Theatre’s Live Lab Bursary 2017. 

Performance History

First performed as part of Vault Festival 2018 (London) with the following cast and creatives: 


Director – Yasmeen Arden

Designer – Holly Piggot

Lighting – Zoe Spurr

Sound – Jac Cooper

Producer – Robyn Bennett


Jade – Charlotte Jane Higgins

Liam – Arthur McBain



Iona Macleod Photography

Production Photographs by Alex Harvey-Brown



“Tenderly performed portrait of a troubled and destructive relationship” – Natasha Tripney, The Stage

“The charm of the venue and the nest-like setting calls everyone to venture out into the heavy snow and into the Vault’s tunnels to watch this play”  – The Upcoming

nest  is a beautiful two-hander by Katy Warner, which was understandably shortlisted for Theatre503’s playwriting award” – The Play’s The Thing

“Katy Warner is an emerging playwright worth watching out for” – London Theatre 1

“Warner’s  nest arrives at the VAULT Festival with the promise that this is a new Australian voice worth listening to…Produced here by Small Truth Theatre, it’s not hard to see why” – There Ought To Be Clowns

“[nest] paints an uncomfortable picture of two people left behind by society and looking for a way out” – Liz Dyer, Theatre Things