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A woman in a black dress lies on the floor with a cracked mirror in her hand


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Supported by Lowry, Salford and Arts Council England
Co-devised and directed by Lily Levin

In 2018, disabled actor, Melissa Johns’ iCloud was hacked and explicit photos of her were released online. A young disabled woman with a history of body dysmorphia comes to terms with her body becoming public property.

This humorous and revealing show displays no remorse in championing female sexuality, fighting body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability. Snatched is a fast-paced, uplifting one woman show accompanied by a live 90’s/00’s soundtrack.

Melissa Johns born in Hereford and raised in Ledbury, her credits include – Hannah Taylor in BBC’s LIFE, Miss Scott in ITV’s Granchester, Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Street and 2021’s line up of Celebrity Masterchef. Melissa made her West End debut earlier this year in Henry V at Donmar Warehouse alongside Kit Harrington.

Running time

1hr 10mins (no interval)

Age Guidance

14+ (contains references to sexual violence)

Post-Show Discussion

There will be a post show Q&A session with Melissa after the performance on Tue 21 Jun. This will have BSL interpretation, as will both performances.

Snatched- Teaser trailer


‘Speaks to anyone who has ever been made to feel ashamed of who they are.’ ★★★★ Quays Life

‘If you see any piece of theatre this year, make sure it is Melissa Johns’ Snatched
‘Hilarious, brutal, and genuine’ ★★★★★ Upstaged Manchester

‘I challenge anyone to go and see this production and not come away changed’ ★★★★★ North West End UK

Snatched is one of the bravest, boldest and inspirational shows you’ll ever see!’ ★★★★ Manchester Theatres

‘Searingly honest, witty and entertaining piece’ ★★★★ The Stage

‘Hilarious takedown of body shaming and disablism’ ★★★★ What’s on Stage

‘It brought me profound hope and courage and I strongly recommend you watch it.’
Everything Theatre

‘She exudes total confidence. Through her honesty and no-nonsense humour, Snatched smartly outlines the journey she has gone through to embrace that confidence and to not just uncover her arm, but to proudly show it off.’ The Guardian

‘She is telling her story loud and proud’ Disability Arts Online

‘An emotional roller-coaster with beautifully crafted monologues, perfectly timed puns, and heartbreaking moments that literally made the auditorium laugh and weep at the same time.’ The Mancunion

‘I wasn’t ready to laugh and cry in such quick succession.’ Marvellous Mrs P

Access at Northern Stage

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L)


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here

Accessibility at Norther Stage
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To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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