Award winning Second Skin Theatre, formed by Andy McQuadeWilliam Whitehurst and Nika Khitrova has been thrilling audiences and critics alike since 2006 when it burst onto the scene with William Whitehurst’s acclaimed and controversial ‘Pigeon Man Apocalypse’ which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival and went on to tour the US.

Since then the company have staged over 35 productions, each distinguishable by their uncompromising nature and challenging material, sometimes from their venue in Stoke Newington, The White Rabbit Theatre, with other shows playing in the West End, or as site specific promenade pieces -as was the case with the company’s epic production of Poe: Macabre Resurrections which saw them convert one of Britain’s oldest churches into a theatre -from the crypt right through to the graveyard itself.

In 2012, following their award winning UK premiere production of Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘La Chunga’ (Best Director, 2012, Fringe Report), Mr. Llosa became the company patron and Second Skin Theatre founders Andy McQuade and Nika Khitrova relocated to Los Angeles where the company have received 17 award nominations, winning the Encore Producers Award & Best Costumes at The Hollywood Fringe with Whitehurst’s electric ‘Cockroach Dialogues’ (”Kafka meets Nathanael West…Whitehurst’s portrait of Hollywood is about as savage and uncompromising as any I’ve ever seen” Willard Manus - This was quickly followed by The North Hollywood Fringe and McQuade’s own reimagining of the classic horror tale ‘La Horla’, and Asia Lynn-Pitts‘ no-holds-barred performance of a 21st Century lonely heart and her gradual decent into madness.

The company has continued to support and lend its weight to the annual Inks Festival which promotes and supports female playwrights, with McQuade directing their headline offering, ‘Pajarita’ by Jordan Pucket, in 2016.

Coming in 2018


        KNUCKLEBALL by William Whitehurst





The best dramatic work I’ve seen at any Fringe…sharply directed…lit up by fine gutsy, focused performances that grip from the first and don’t let go.’  Robert Avilla, San Francisco Bay Guardian

‘The script moves deliberately toward its conclusion, taking many wild and unforeseen turns before doing so, but ultimately landing in the catcher’s mitt successfully, a strike.‘ Danny Bowes,

‘This is a piece that deserves more press and a longer run somewhere more high profile, and this reviewer would definitely pay to experience this rollercoaster of emotions again.” Kevin Stevenson, Broadway Baby

This is fringe theatre at its finest.’ Richard Wilson,  The Morning Star

It feels like theatre is punching you between the eyes and forcing you to engage with these themes and that is a remarkable thing to achieve.’ Peter Carrington, Remotegoat,

‘Whitehurst astutely examines gender roles and trust issues in relationships, as well as the bigger picture: the mystical nature of genuine love. Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, Whitehurst’s compelling seriocomedy explores the perilous tightrope that can exist between passion and potential violence, leading to explosive dramatic encounters.’ Les Spindle, Backstage West



Second Skin Theatre is currently casting for a transgender actress for one of the two leading roles in this most stunning of plays. 
If you, or someone you know, would like to audition, please get in touch with your resume and headshot.

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