Written and performed by Richard Waring

A tale told by two, performed by one. The moving, funny and electrifying story of the tale that inspired Frankenstein. 

“A powerful and mesmerising piece of theatre”

Broadway Baby

‘Fantastic! …. was the best thing I’ve seen in years, if not decades’.

Professor Martin Priestman, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton

“An electrifying unforgettable evening” 

Brighton Argus

“Beautifully written; dark and funny by turns, Golem is a richly atmospheric piece” 

Nicola Blackwell, Co-Artistic Director of Slot Machine Theatre

‘A bravura performance from Richard Waring in this funny, intriguing and beautifully written show. I recommend it highly.’ 

Susannah Waters, Author, Theatre and Opera Director


The Place, Bedford

Saturday 30 September

Salon performance – Almeria, Spain 

Saturday 14 October

More tour dates will be announced soon.

When we feel powerless, we create monsters – and then?

It’s the Passover, a young girl has gone missing and the Jews know that they will be blamed. The Blood Libel is coming to Prague. Rabbi Loew, leader of the community, creates a champion from the clay of the riverbank – a being of enormous strength. But can the old Rabbi control his own creation?  Golem: the moving, funny and electrifying story of the tale that inspired Frankenstein.

Richard Waring – Performer / Playwright.  Trained at the Drama Studio London and has worked extensively in theatre as an actor, director, set designer and practitioner.

The legend of the Golem

The Jewish folktale of The Golem is a horror story that’s hundreds of years old, but chillingly relevant today. As one of the first ‘monster’ stories it is believed to have been the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and today the tale is regularly reinvented in popular culture (films like I-Robot, Terminator and Robocop are all re-workings).

‘A performance laced with human poignancy and Hasidic humour, it is a splendidly interpreted fable with chilling contemporary resonance.’

(John Agard, Playwright, Poet & Author)


Edinburgh Fringe

21-26 August,

8.20pm (70 minutes),

Sweet Grassmarket

More tour dates will be announced soon.

Creative Team


Richard Waring – Performer / Writer

Richard is a master storyteller, working in all mediums as an actor, writer and screen writer, teacher, set and lighting designer. He trained at Drama Studio London after receiving an honours degree in Zoology and has since worked as an actor for various companies such as Paines Plough, Almeida Theatre, Ken Campbell, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Ovalhouse. Richard’s experience in running his own company and as a script doctor, University lecturer and school teacher also led him to write an occasional award-winning children’s book.   At present he spends most of his time in theatre production designing, building theatre sets and running shows as well as the occasional acting role.

Stephanie Carr-Gomm – Set

Stephanie trained at Bath Academy of Art and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She was scenic artist in residence for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera until 2013.  She has worked for many companies throughout the theatre, opera and dance world including The Royal National Theatre and English National Ballet.

Luke Dixon – Director

Luke is a performance maker, writer, teacher and academic, internationally known for his innovative productions of Shakespeare, his site-specific performances, his teaching of actors and his research into performance. His productions for theatre nomad, of which he was Artistic Director for 20 years, have been seen in China, North America, South Africa, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Czech and Slovak Republics, Spain and the UK. Luke’s books on theatre practice are published by Nick Herne, Routledge and Methuen. He is currently a director of The Conway Collective.

Nick Tigg – Co-Director & Sound

Nick is a writer, director, performer and musician, and is currently the Artistic Director of Slot Machine Theatre. Nick creates and devises works for theatre and site-specific pieces, and has worked with companies including The People Show, the National Theatre and the RSC. Nick also teaches theatre skills and theatre devising at drama schools on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bob Bryan – Lighting Design

Bob is an internationally renowned lighting designer who has worked extensively in theatre and opera. Work includes Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the RSC and English National Opera.

Book the show


Golem can be performed almost anywhere and can be easily adapted for most venues. 

To book Golem for your venue, school or to book a salon performance, please email thegolemplay@gmail.com


The show is touring throughout the world in 2017/18. Golem will be performed at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 21-26 August 2017, and at venues across the UK and Europe. There are still tour dates available; to book Golem for your venue or festival email thegolemplay@gmail.com.  For tech specs, see Technical Page.

“A really professional company, it was brilliantly adaptable for our venue, an easy get-in, excellent marketing and a great show that our audience loved”. Conway Hall, London


Educational shows

Golem is the perfect show to be toured within schools (recommended for ages 12+) and can be performed anywhere from Drama studios to classrooms with minimal setup. As a drama practitioner himself, Richard has seen the reactions from students of all ages that this play inspires and this prompted the team to push forward touring in schools. The show has great educational content and is highly entertaining with a clear moral message.  Richard is also able to offer workshops for students.

“Golem is an extraordinary tour de force. Richard Waring’s energy, insight, creativity and intensity gives a humane insight into the human condition.” Dr Richard Maloney, Headmaster at Uppingham School


Salon performances 

An intimate and powerful performance in the comfort of your own home, the same script with minimal props/set and lighting. In your living room or garden at your convenience.

“We had a the wonderful privilege to have Richard perform Golem for us in the comfort and intimacy of our own home, settled on the sofa with a glass of wine in our hands. The experience was very powerful, being so close to Richard’s moving performance gave us a special appreciation of this excellent play and Richard’s talent both as a writer and a performer. A unique opportunity – we fully recommend it!” Stephanie Parry – Paris