Writer: Philippa Quinn
Director: Cara Nolan
‘Am I watching my TV … or is my TV watching me?’
An exciting and cutting-edge political satire. Three students set out to save the world – but will they destroy the system or will the system destroy them?
Inspired by Nick Clegg’s 180 on student fees and the rise of Donald Trump. Are people compromised along the way or lying from the start? In a world of social media, CCTV and reality TV - who is watching who? And ultimately … who is in Control?
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Written by Stephanie Degreas and Raphael Ruiz
Directed by Griffith Rees
Movement Director: Anne Pajunen
Cast: Hadleigh Harrison, Andreas Muñoz, Eve Niker, Anne Pajunen, Raphael Ruiz, Alexandros Vardaxoglou
It was Old Joe's golden age: in a time when borders did not exist, travellers and regulars would queue up in front of the club for its famous fish and chips and colourful dance-floor. Everyone was a foreigner and everyone felt at home. Until the incident.
One year after a terrorist attack, Old Joe’s Fish 'n' Chill looks so decrepit one might assume it’s out of business. Yet it remains the only place left in the world where people from anywhere can come and go without a visa.
There, a Greek drag queen, a Finnish letter thief, a Czech dictator, an Irish refugee, an English terrorist and a Spanish drifter meet for the first – and possibly last – time.
Written by Bushra Laskar
Direction and dramaturgy by Vanessa-Faye Stanley
On a faded estate in central India, a family of five women are determined to survive, surrounded by an apocalyptic landscape ravaged by a terrible accident.
A response to the rarely-discussed 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster - the largest man-made industrial accident of modern times - Sanguine Night combines Western music and science with Indian folklore and dance, to create a tale of accountability and resilience.
A sort of Indian Inspector Calls, produced to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India. Boileroom (Oxford Samuel Beckett Award for innovative theatre), work with specialists in the fields of science and others who might not consider themselves artists, to encourage unexpected collaborations and performance.
Sanguine Night is a collaboration with a writer, a sound artist, an Occupational Health scientist and khatak dancers. Supported by OldVic NewVoices, OvalHouse and Park Theatre.
“Experimental theatre at its multi-layered best” British Theatre Guide.
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.
Written by Luke Courtier
Directed by Sarah Meadows
Performed by Kat Bond, Hugo Bolton, Will Close, Luke Courtier
Following the sell out run of LUNCH at VAULT 2016 and Underbelly, Edinburgh 2016 Luke Courtier presents The Texas Tax Man.
31st January 1875. Buck Highhorn and James Peter Jameston are just any other hooch drinking perudo playing cowboys on the prairie. But when they crucially miss the self assessment tax return deadline all hell breaks loose. Run out of town and pursued by scalp hungry bounty hunters, Buck and James go all out to find the mythical Texas Tax Man; the only accountant in the wild west with the basic numeracy and administrative skills needed to save them from a colourfully violent death. Will Buck and James make it out of this alive and, more importantly, fiscally accountable?
Why is a nineteenth century frontier society so mercilessly harsh on its freelancers? Can you really expense every bullet you shoot or only some?
‘Fact is I went and put all my receipts in a big pile under my horse and went and darn forgot about ‘em. One day a big prairie wind comes out of the east and blows them all away.’
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.