Foreign Body Brocure V2 Cover Image.jpg

1 in 3 of our women
have survived sexual violence.
We are all affected.
We are all responsible.



Foreign Body is the beautifully crafted debut solo show by Imogen Butler-Cole about hope, healing and forgiveness after sexual assault. Told from a unique and challenging perspective, using a charged combination of verbatim and physical theatre, Foreign Body is a brave, liberating and life-affirming story.

Touring from March 2017


IBC Lying Down 3.jpg


india 2018:

15 November, LitLive Festival, NCPA Experimental, Mumbai

17 November, LitLive Festival, Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai

18 November, GPlus Festival, Guwahati

24 November, RangaShankara, Bangalore

1 December, Adishakti, Pondicherry

8 December, Natrani Theatre, Ahmedabad

18 December, Jairangam, Jaipur


vault fESTIVAl, london, SOHO THEATRE, EMC Centre Dhaka, Bangladesh, BRAINCHILD FESTIVAL, Hamilton House, Bristol, Southbank Centre, WOW Festival, London, Coventry Equalities Festival, CoventRY, Conference for the Institute of Public Safety, Crime & Justice, Northampton, Rich Mix, London

In Development:

Lyric Hammersmith, the Space Theatre, Pleasance London, Tristan Bates Theatre, RADA Festival, Off Beat Oxford, Calm Down Dear at Camden People's Theatre, Exeter Bike Shed, Hamilton House Bristol


WINNER: Festival Spirit Award, VAULT Festival, 2018


The Stage “vital” ★★★★

Hiive “tender, stunning” ★★★★

Miro Magazine “honest, beautiful” ★★★★

Reviews Hub “haunting, essential” ★★★★

London Theatre 1 “timely, assured” ★★★★

Breaking the Fourth Wall “powerful” ★★★★⭑

British Theatre Guide “moving”

Medium "beautiful, magnetic" Maddy Costa

LGBTQ Arts Review “a revelatory performance”

Campus Society “courageous, not to be missed”

The Play’s the Thing “strangely beautiful, engaging”

Exeunt "a profoundly moving and sophisticated piece of theatre"

A Younger Theatre “political theatre at its finest: personal and responsive”


“A taut production… some of the best Vault Festival has on offer… impressive. … simple and holistic. … always engrossing… a sensitively-judged and effective piece... political theatre at its finest… formidable. … we all deserve to see more work like Foreign Body.” A Younger Theatre

“What makes Foreign Body such a profoundly moving and sophisticated piece of theatre is its combination of strength and vulnerability. … Butler-Cole performs rhythmic, athletic choreography in the centre of eight freestanding mirrors… a powerful metaphor for gaining and enacting ownership of your own body.” Exeunt

“What’s so beautiful about this show is that the woman’s body... is so present, magnetic, its curves, its sinuous grace, responding with subtle inflection to the voices that surround it. Look, admire, don’t touch.” Medium (Maddy Costa)

“a beautifully crafted performance piece… an open and honest account… effortlessly interwoven [with] an accompaniment of carefully placed harmonics … self-assured... Foreign Body cuts to the core with grace and reminds us to heal.” Miro Magazine

“A truthful tender story of reclaiming the body after abuse. A beautiful and brave piece.... strikingly simple…. one of the most truthful explorations of the subject…. restrained direction... a stunning soundtrack… this show will only continue to grow and charge people with the courage to speak out.” Hiive


The Future is Beautiful Podcast - Interview on Foreign Body

Soho Radio's Dojo - Interview on Foreign Body (from 35 minutes)



Winnie M Li                                      Madeleine BlaCK    

Emily Jacob                                     Dr Nina Burrowes

Tanaka Mhishi                                 Simran Chawla

SilkE GRYGIER                                  Charlotte Gage

Anita Bhardwaj                              Marti Birch

Sejal Chad                                       Sirin Kale 

Nathalie McDermott                      Rachael Krishna

Laura Haynes                                  Ed Zephyr

Nimco Ali                                         Lucy-Anne Holmes

Sharmaine Lovegrove                    Sereena Al Noor

Dawn Thomas                                  Manjit Rehal

Sahla Aroussi                                Anne Marie Cockburn

Marina Cantacuzino                      Fee Scott

Amanda Barnes                              Sandra Barefoot

Lisa Benjamin




Writer/Performer Imogen Butler-Cole

Imogen has performed and devised work across the world. She has produced for Shakespeare’s Globe, cast a TV series for the BBC and directs at RADA. Favourite roles include Ophelia in The Secret Love Life of Ophelia; Ursula in Ursula and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Director Fran Moulds

Fran has co-written Punchdrunk Enrichment shows Up Up and Away, The Lost Lending Library and The House Where Winter Lives.  She is an associate artist of Coney and makes adventures in learning with KIT Theatre. She directed Up and Down for Gaga Theatre and Witch for the Union Chapel.


Award-winning theatre maker and founder of the Authentic Artist Collective. Directing credits include Mairi Campbell: Pulse (Summerhall, Made in Scotland Showcase 2016), Stolen Voices, developed at the National Theatre Studio (Tête à Tête, Arcola, Grimeborn), Unbroken Line (Ovalhouse), Emily: the making of a militant suffragette (Cambridge Devised Theatre and Production Exchange, UK tour), Motherhood: (Un)speakable (Un)spoken (About Face, UK tour 2016/17).

Designer Ana Ines Jabares-Pita

A Multi award-winning designer, (Linbury Prize, Spirit of Dundee Award, European Opera Prize) Ines has worked at Sleepwalk Collective, the National Theatre of Scotland, Young Vic, The Gate, Ottawa Fringe and the Royal Court Theatre.

Composer/ Sound Designers Tara Franks & Filipe Sousa

Long term collaborators, Tara and Filipe, whose critically acclaimed trio Quest Ensemble have performed at the Vortex, Union Chapel, Wilton’s Music Hall and the Southbank Centre. Tara has performed with Akala, Jocelyn Pook, Kate Tempest and Shammi Pithia. Filipe has performed across the UK, Portugal, Poland, Malaysia, Singapore, The Gambia and the Middle East.

Executive Producer Ine Van Riet

Ine is Trusts Manager at the Bush Theatre and sits on the board of Iris Theatre. Producing credits include UK premieres at Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Finborough Theatre and Iris Theatre.