The Play


Adapted from the book Mum, Will You Lend Me £20? by Addiction Family Support’s founder, Elizabeth Burton Phillips MBE, this one-hour play tells the heart-breaking story of Nicholas and Simon Mills.

It follows their journey into heroin addiction, from school age through adulthood, highlighting the strain their addiction placed on their family and their relationship with each other.


These one-hour workshops use characters and scenarios from the play to explore relevant issues. 

Through these workshops, we aim to facilitate open discussions in a secure setting, enable shifts in understanding and attitudes, and address and dismantle stereotypes of people with a substance use disorder and their families, promoting the seeking of appropriate help.

Performance & Workshop

It Is What It Is Productions are thrilled to partner with Addiction Family Support to present the Performance and Workshop of Mum, Can You Lend Me £20? 

This gives audiences the opportunity to watch the play and then take part in a workshop which explores the themes which arise within the performance. The content of the workshops is flexible and has been created in a way which can be adapted to suit the needs of four different audience groups:

  • Families of those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • Young people in secondary or higher education
  • People in active addiction and recovery
  • Professionals who may work with those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol

The play & workshop been successfully presented throughout the UK, being performed in theatres, schools, prisons, rehab facilities & community centres.