Written by John King
Directed by Laura Killeen and John King
Cast: Cormac Elliott, Clare McGrath, Kathleen Ryan Sound Design: Jake Wood
Additional music by Stephen Gage
Seán feels wronged when his boyfriend is excluded from a family wedding, and is determined to do something about it. What does it matter that they've just broken up?
Eris at the Wedding takes the story of Eris, goddess of Strife, who was an uninvited guest at the wedding feast of Thetis and Peleus in Greek mythology, and maps it onto an Irish family in 2017.
Staged as a work-in-development, this play looks at what it means to be a disruptive presence to those closest to you.
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Written by Joseph Rain
Director by Sarah Twomey
Cast: Sophie Bleasdale, Kriss Dillon, Lianne Harvey, Carol Holt, Jake Mitchell, Emma Pringle, Gary Wood.
The play is a darkly comic tale that follows the story of Nile, an artist who is pulled back to the northern council house from which he escaped to be the sole carer for his mother who's mental health is deteriorating.
Through the menial jobs he has to undertake in order to survive we meet the strange and wonderful folk of this small world where everything is not quite what it seems.
August 4th, 1892, Fall River Massachusetts.
Mr Borden strokes his stocks and bonds; Mrs Borden ceaselessly eats. Their exhausted maid takes to her sweltering attic bed. They’re all out of sorts. Daughter Lizzie, too, feels peculiar, isn’t quite herself today. In the blistering morning heat, she irons. She could have escaped the heat, could have joined her sister at the beach. Emma begged her to come, begged her not to stay in Fall River, not to stay in the Borden house for one more minute. As if under a spell, Lizzie couldn't leave. Lizzie had a pressing date with destiny. Lizzie Borden took an axe...
Directed by Nona Shepphard, based on "The Fall River Axe Murders" by Angela Carter, adapted by Deirdre Strath, The Lizzie Play scavenges trial transcripts, newspaper reports and true crime writing to give a darkly humorous, haunting retelling of a brutal and curiously tidy act of parental butchery.
Writer and Director: Lily Bevan
Assistant Director: Miztli Rose Neville
Associate Director: Hannah Eidinow
Composer and Musical Director: Chris Read
Designer: Christianna Mason
Cast includes: Lily Bevan, Katie Bucholz, Agatha Elwes, Luke Kempner (as Trump), Joe May, Rosie Sheehy, Sara Stewart and Alfie Webster
A series of short plays tracks Trump's meddling with the women he has encountered and employed decade by decade. From the Beauty Pageant days, The Apprentice, the Scottish Golf Course debacle.. via the golden age of manufacture of Trump steaks.. up to his following of devoted female Republican voters and into the future of the man with the mythical hair. This piece takes a darkly comedic look at the man who claims to love women, but time and time again has grabbed them by the, oh it's too boring to even say it..
Lily is a RADA graduate, she attended the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court and the Emerging Writer's Programme at the Bush Theatre. Lily has written for theatres including Theatre 503, Trafalgar Studios, the Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre and TV work for Kudos, Leftbank and RoughCut. Last year she co-wrote the BBC Radio 4 comedy series 'Talking to Strangers' with Sally Phillips. She wrote 'Hen' one of the films for the current RADA third year.
This play is an extension of Lily's work for Top Trumps Festival at Theatre 503 from Jan 2017 - a collection of new plays staged over Trump's inauguration weekend. Her play was staged alongside new work by Caryl Churchill, Neil LaBute and Roy Williams.
Written by Peter Oswald
Directed by Kathryn Hunter
Assistant Director: Ragga Dahl Johansen
Artistic Associate: Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts)
Composer and Musician: Mrityunjoy
Cast: Kali Chandrasegaram; Gavi Singh Chera; Harry Gostelow; Adam Karim; Nadia Nadarajah; Neerja Naik; Irfan Shamji; Julia Tarnoky
At school, he wasn’t allowed to sit on a chair. He had to sit on the ground on a sack. He couldn’t drink water out of the jug provided for the others, but had to wait till it was poured for him into his special cup. The teachers would beat the other pupils but him they threw clods of earth at. Why? He was an ‘Untouchable.’ It was a miracle he was at school at all. And he grew up to be Doctor Bhimrao Ambedkar, independent India’s first Law Minister, chair of the committee that wrote the constitution. Six weeks before his death he converted to Buddhism, and took hundreds of thousands of ‘untouchables’ with him. So, did Ambedkar work hand in hand with Gandhi and the other non-violent freedom fighters? No, his vision was starkly opposed to Gandhi’s, and this play shows their separate colliding paths and Gandhi’s ‘fast to the death’ against Ambedkar’s policy.
Moving between the worlds of the gods and the Indian street, from myth to propaganda, from an ‘untouchable’ boy to the Round Table Conference in London, this play shows the intensity of India’s struggle to win for itself not just independence but justice for all its citizens. Today Ambedkar’s constitution makes ‘untouchability’ illegal, but it remains imprinted on Hindu minds, and the struggle goes on. And in this struggle the figure of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar – Bhim - is becoming increasingly important, as the oppressed turn more and more to this beacon of humanity.
Peter Oswald was Writer in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe, where three of his verse plays were performed. Other plays of his have been produced at the National Theatre, in the West End, on Broadway and around the world, including his version of the Ramayana, at Birmingham Rep and the Olivier. His version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, won the South Bank Award. He is a founder member of Columbina Theatre company, for which he writes and performs. His published poetry includes Sonnets of Various Sizes (Shearsman Books) Weyland (Oberon Books) Three Folktales (Letterpress.) In 2016 he received a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship. ‘The astonishing Peter Oswald,’ Society of Authors. At present he is touring, with Columbina, his version of the Icelandic saga of the Viking poet Egil. He lives in Devon with his wife Alice and three children.
Actress and director. RADA graduate.
There will be a post-show Q&A following the performance on Wed 5 July.
There will be a pre-show at 6pm on Thu 6 July with:
Kathryn Hunter, Director
Peter Oswald, Writer
Jatinder Verma, Artistic Associate
Ciaran Maguire, Chief Executive Officer, The Karuna Trust
Specific performances on Wed 5, Thu 6, Sat 8 (see above) will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted and captioned for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. Read more about BSL and captioned performances here.
Written by Emma Denly
It’s 2am. West London, ish. Jenny - a young, single, occasionally nihilistic millennial with a terrible habit of talking to herself - locks herself out of her flat. Too broke for a locksmith and too proud to wake up the neighbours, she considers herself totally f**ked... yet what follows is a night of confusing, dazzling and ultimately hopeful series of encounters with people she’s never bothered to even imagine before.
All sorts of characters, real or otherwise, rise with the mists of the London streets to prove to Jenny that although we all die alone, at least we all die alone together.