a new play by Ben Maier

directed by Charlie Ely

“I can make… impossible things happen”

Jude Beringer thinks she’s going mad.  Then she meets Leon, a young card magician who can make people disappear. What follows is a wildly entertaining journey through the minds of two young people surviving against the odds in the big bad city.

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light is at once a delirious game-show, a witty and inventive exploration of mental illness, and a powerfully compassionate play about family, friendship and illusion.

Ben Maier is a writer and performer. He recently co-wrote and provided songs for A Dashing Fellow (New Diorama). Other credits include extensive work with Skinnybone Theatre and Wireless Mystery Theatre in Belfast. His one-man show An Imaginary Circus, produced by Belka Productions, went to the Edinburgh Fringe and had a UK tour.  ‘Extraordinary energy and vitality… a tour de force’ – Edinburgh Guide on An Imaginary Circus


Production History

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (7 – 30 August 2015)

‘Frankie Valium […] croons with a wonderfully indulgent voice’ – Broadway Baby

‘The transformative power of love is what Ben Maier’s smart, elusive new play is really getting at’ – The Stage

‘Gutsy visuals and strong performances’ – The Stage

‘The production is a colourful, surreal and inventive look at how we regard and treat mental illness’ – The Edinburgh Guide

Audience tweets:

@LordPasola: #BlindingLight was brilliant in both senses of the word. Congrats @GreyGreenTheatr on an artful performance of a necessary piece of writing.

@jessbrien: @GreyGreenTheatr #BlindingLight bold, unnerving & genuinely entertaining. Brilliant performances all round @ZOOvenues

@feralfoxyladies: @GreyGreenTheatr #BlindingLight beautiful writing, fabulous acting & stunning imagery. Get yourselves down to last few shows!! #edfringe

@CharDunnico: @GreyGreenTheatr #BlindingLight is a great show! Pure magic


Production Team

Berengere Ariaudo de Castelli – Associate Producer
Charlie Ely – Director / Producer / Stage Manager
Patrick Goodden – Composer / Sound Designer / Deputy Stage Manager


Rosemary Branch Theatre, London (October 2014)

All photographs (c) Oliver King Photography


Callum Cameron – Terry
Sam Caseley – Leon
Ben Maier – Frankie Valium
Emma Sylvester – Fizz
Elizabeth Mary-Williams – Jude

Production Team

Berengere Ariaudo de Castelli – Co-producer
Charlie Ely – Director / Co-producer
Patrick Goodden – Composer / Sound Designer / Deputy Stage Manager
Tessa Shrubsall – Assistant Stage Manager


Big Noise Festival, CLF Arts Cafe (14 June 2014)

Extract performance


Sam Caseley – Leon
Philippa Carson – Jude


London Grey & Green Theatre Company would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the following people, who have helped us take A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light to Edinburgh:

John Angel
Philippe Ariaudo
Alexandra Barbor
Louise Blum
Giannina Bright
Caroline Bubb
Laura Carstensen
Irene Casey
Dónal Caviston
Stephanie Clifford
Katie Clifford
John D’Arcy
Jemma Deer
Ellie Drabik
Phoebe Eden
Dr. Barbara Ely
Chris Ely
Maddie Farley
Henry Farmery
David Graff
James Hamilton
Iain Harris
Liv Harris
Tess Harris
Joanna Hodgson
Juliet Jamieson
Colin Jones
Rosie Jones
Linda Kelsey
Alex Kerr
Katherine Kerr
Michael Kerr
Susan Kerr
Sue Keystone
Catrine Kirkman
Paul Maddern
Mike Maier
Simon Maier
Alex Marx
Liz Mary-Williams
Eyesha Mingo
Shannon O’Connor
Hugh Odling-Smee
Tom Ostwald Nice
Karina Paradis
Assaad Tarhini
Thomas Testorf
T. Walker
Lucy Wallwork
James Ward
Emily Wetherell