Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen



“I’m 36, I’m a comedian, and I’m about to kill my boyfriend…”

A permanently single, professionally neurotic stand-up finally meets Mr Right and then does everything wrong. But is Mr Right quite what he seems? And how far will the comedian go to get a laugh?

Feeling Afraid… is a dark new comedy drama starring two-time Tony Award nominee Samuel Barnett.


Writer: Marcelo Dos Santos
Director: Matthew Xia
Performed by Samuel Barnett
Lighting Designer: Elliot Griggs
Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim
Design Consultant: Kat Heath
Production Manager: Ed Borgnis
Performed by Samuel Barnett

Producers 2022: Francesca Moody Productions

Producers 2023: Francesca Moody Productions in association with Bush Theatre

Originally developed with support from ImPOSSIBLE Producing through The Island programme.


‘The gag-count is ridiculously high … Catch it, then, before everyone else does.’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

‘’Fast, filthy and surprisingly revealing.” ★★★★ The Evening Standard

‘Faultless execution is matched only by this audience’s thunderous, cathartic, cry-laughing response.’ ★★★★★ FEST

A compelling and troubling character study with some killer punchlines’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘An extraordinary piece of theatre… Outrageously entertaining.’ ★★★★★ The Skinny

Frank, funny and occasionally filthy.’ ★★★★ The Independent 

 ‘Very funny.’ ★★★★ The Stage

‘Barnett gives a barnstorming performance.’ ★★★★ The Times

‘Razor sharp.’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘A masterclass in comic delivery.’ ★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘Totally captivating.’ ★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls

‘Hysterical and vibrant.’ ★★★★ Everything Theatre

‘Uproarious, shocking and unfeigned.’ ★★★★★ West End Best Friend

‘Samuel Barnett’s performance is an absolute masterclass.’ ★★★★ Theatre Weekly


WINNER Scotsman Fringe First 2022

WINNER The Stage Edinburgh Award

SHORTLISTED Mental Health Fringe Award 2022


Roundabout, Edinburgh Festival

3 – 28 August 2022

Bush Theatre
10 November - 23 December 2023