Close Up

Documentary maker Lauren wants to make it on the big networks. Ex-show girl Grace is ready to shoot to fame with the help of her late friend Kenneth Williams.

Conversations about showbiz, sex and ambition bring together two women four generations apart as they work on a fly on the wall documentary.

The first ideas for this new play came from research into the history of censorship on British stage. In 1968 the Theatres Act abolished censorship of the theatre paving the way for freedom of speech across all media. Half a century later we are allowed to show and witness the unimaginable. But are we really free to assert our individuality? And if it isn’t government law, what are the systems regulating speech in the post-truth era?

My latest play brings together elements of theatre and live filming, Polari language and music to create a multi-layered experience that looks into dreams, delusion, and media manipulation.

Close Up combines theatre and live filming to ask questions about showbiz, sex and censorship.

Interview with Emilia Teglia about the making of Close Up

Review of the showcase : “A thought-provoking, funny and moving piece of theatre.”


The first rehearsed reading of this new work in progress was presented as part of Litmus Fest at the Pleasance Theatre.

In January, the second draft and some element of filming were presented at Richmix and at New Diorama
with the following team:

Emilia Teglia (writer and director)
Mark Morreau (film and photography)
Barbara Diana (music)
Sherry Coenen (Light)

Collaborating cast: Gilly Daniels, Sophie Delora Jones, Andrew Goddard


26 January 7.30
Richmix London

18 February 7.00
New Diorama Theatre

Email [email protected] for bookings. 

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