Kiln Theatre and Openhearted Productions present


written and performed by Jade Anouka


This production is postponed. If you would like to manage your booking, email tickets@kilntheatre.com 

This is a story for all the misfits, all those who have ever felt ‘other’.

Critically acclaimed actor, writer and poet Jade Anouka comes to Kiln Theatre in her pulsating debut play which explores the epic stories that make us the people we are today.

Based on her real journey, Heart is a beating silence; it is being brave yet vulnerable, playful yet profound, your best self and your worst. It’s a blazing journey of words and rhythms that lay bare our shared want to fit in whilst being our authentic self.



Approx 70 mins tbc



With our theatre temporarily closed, your support is more crucial than ever. Help us to ensure that Kiln Theatre can be here on the other side of this crisis to bring communities together again. Thank you.

Kiln Card priority booking: now open
Public booking: Monday 16 March 11 am

Jade Anouka

Writer and performer

Jade Anouka writes and stars. Anouka recently starred in ITV project Cleaning Up opposite Sheridan Smith, and also appeared in ITV drama Trauma alongside Adrian Lester. Jade starred in the Old Vic two-hander Cover My Tracks, and recently returned to the Hampstead Theatre for the remount of Ella Road’s The Plebotomist directed by Sam Yates. She can currently be seen on Netflix opposite Idris Elba in his 8-part series Turn Up Charlie. Anouka starred in the Donmar Warehouse all-female Shakespeare Trilogy, playing the roles of Ariel in The Tempest, Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar and Hotspur in Henry IV all directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Winner of The Stage Award for Acting Excellence,  Ian Charleson Award Commendations and Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2017.

Nancy Medina


Nancy Medina directs. Originally from Brooklyn NY, and currently based in Bristol Medina is the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award winner and will be collaborating with Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre on a production in 2019. In 2017 she was a Genesis Director at the Young Vic. She is an acting tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Course Leader for a post 16 Professional Acting Diploma at Boomsatsuma. Directing credits include: Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (GB Theatre), As You Like it (GB Theatre), Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Persistence of Memory (Rondo Theatre).

Rajha Shakiry


Shelley Maxwell

Movement Director