All Is Well by Vanessa Oakes, 4 – 6 May

Shop Front Theatre

A stunning evocation of the long term aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, All Is Well tells the story of Aleks, Stefan and Nina as they struggle to trust one another again while living with the fear of the invisible radiation.

On Radunitsa, the day of remembrance for the dead, the forest is once again filled with people as they return to visit their family graves. But Anna and Blackbird have other ideas to keep the day trippers and tourists away for good.

Aleks told me that you can smell fear… people sweat it out bit by bit and then other people smell the fear and they start to sweat… and so the fear spreads… person to person…

All Is Well is at times poetic, funny and devastatingly fierce in its appraisal of the true cost of nuclear power.

About the company…

Written by Vanessa Oakes

Directed by Mark Evans

Designed by Nancy Surman

Puppetry by Joff Chafer

Vanessa writes plays and text for a wide variety of people and spaces. Her words have been performed in theatres, art galleries and museums, community spaces, coal vaults, beneath a ring road, in an award-winning bungalow and at Latitude. Vanessa is a member of BOLDtext Playwrights Collective and a Theatre Absolute Associate. Find out more about Vanessa’s work on her website

Suitable for ages 12+

Performance dates and times at the Shop Front Theatre:

Thursday 4th May – 7.30pm

Friday 5th May – 7.30pm

Saturday 6th May – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

The performance on Thursday 4th May is followed by a post show talk

Tickets: £8.00 full price & £6.00 concessions

Booking via: All Is Well – Eventbrite

What audiences think…

Beautiful and contemplative.

Telling especially for someone who has met someone who suffered from the disaster.


Bloody fantastic.

Supported by The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry University Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Backing the Coventry bid for UK City of Culture 2021.