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Wed 28 - Sat 31 Aug 2024

The Fifth Step


Written by David Ireland  Directed by Finn den Hertog 

A National Theatre of Scotland production 

“The point is to divest yourself of shame… It’s about getting clean.” 

Thirty something Luka is new to Alcoholics Anonymous and looking for a sponsor.  James is older, has been in the programme for years, surely he’s the perfect person to shepherd the younger man through each of the twelve steps on the road to recovery. Or maybe life just isn’t that simple. 

In a programme that requires both of them to come to terms with their past, can Luka and James face their transgressions to find a new way of living?  

Featuring Jack Lowden as Luka, The Fifth Step is David Ireland’s grimly comic, provocative new play about men, intimacy and what we choose to put our faith in. 

Jack Lowden is an acclaimed Scottish actor. He has two BAFTA nominations, for EE Rising Star in 2020 and Best Supporting Actor for Slow Horses in 2023. He also won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in Ghosts at The Almeida. 

Sean Gilder has worked extensively across theatre, film and TV and was recently in BBC’s The Gold and Slow Horses where we worked with Jack Lowden. He is known for appearances in Shameless (Channel 4), Poldark (BBC) and the Hornblower films and his stage work includes Dear England (National Theatre). 

The Fifth Step will preview at Dundee Rep Theatre before opening at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (Edinburgh International Festival) and touring to Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow in August 2024. 

Run Time: 70 minutes 

Age recommendation: 14+, contains strong language, violence, and adult themes. 

Event Details

Ticket Information

£20 - £40

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Wed 28 - Sat 31 Aug 2024

7.30pm, 2.30pm

Runtime: 70-80 mins, no interval


The Pavilion Theatre


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Wed 28 - Sat 31 Aug 2024
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