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Drama + New Writing


Let's talk about toxicity, red flags & masturbation… no sugar coating.

Botanist Kate finally decides it's high time she laid it all out in therapy!

Exploring how a simple thing like an ex can be embedded into the mind so everything becomes automatically engrained as normal… but it isn’t normal, is it? Kate thought so, until now.

Auto-Engrain is a harrowing and blunt re-telling of a woman’s experience of a past relationship and how she got to now. No sugar coating allowed.

Written and performed by Helena Collins O'Connor, We Are Bosstress presents a semi-autobiographical piece containing elements of humour with an essence of factual fiction.

The show debuted at Clapham Fringe Festival & was one of the only shows to be extended, and then transferred the Pleasance Theatre. Founded in 2021, We Are Bosstress was created not only as a theatre company but a platform to discuss and tackle the difficult subjects we as a society face on a daily basis. By using theatre, the company aims to create a shared empowerment for audience members and other creatives to the theatre company. It plans to release a series of workshops for universities next year, alongside the show, as part of an education platform on creating theatre in a safe space from real experiences.


Writter & Performer | Helena Collins O'Connor
Therapist (Voiceover) | Bethany Monk Lane
Director | Tabi Wells
Sound Designer | Sophie O'Neill
Stage Manager & Set Dresser | Katy Roberts
Tech Operators | Han Sayles & Can Avni
Producing Company | We Are Bosstress Theatre Company

Ticket Price

£14 - £18


15 - 19 Nov


King's Head Theatre



“A raw, funny and moving piece of theatre… Helena adeptly goes between a dry and comedic to heartfelt and real” ★★★★★  Normal Comedy Players

“O’Connor gives an incredible performance that was heart-wrenching, grounded and truthful, whilst also being humorous” ★★★★½ Theatre and Other Things London

"Phenomenal, inspiring, deep but witty... Really glad I saw it!" Natalie Chan (Associate Producer of Clapham Fringe)

"An incredible thought-provoking, emotional, funny & captivating one woman show" Nina Atesh (Writer of The Drought)


Content Warning | This production includes expletitives, depictions of abuse & use of loud noises.

Age Guidance | +16

Duration | Approx. 65 minutes, with no interval.



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