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Tell me more about the Royal Court.
It’s known in London as the writers’ theatre – a global presence that champions energetic, international writing and producing stories that challenge and provoke the status quo. It has recently brought the likes of The Ferryman to the West End and is also behind such plays as Posh, Hangmen and Jerusalem. The Royal Court has been paving the way for the last sixty years and under Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, it’s still going strong. It has developed the careers of playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, David Hare, Simon Stephens and Golden Globe and BAFTA winning screenwriter Martin McDonagh (who wrote Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
Who is this play written by then? One of the Royal Court’s top playwrights?
Writer and director debbie tucker green fully belongs up there with playwrights that the Royal Court has helped develop. She has been putting on work here since 2005, after she won an Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004. Last year, her work in the smaller space was a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) and it ripped apart relationships, dialogue and language with the most intense space between words – the loudest noise of all was the silence. So she’s a pretty incredible writer.
Is Vicky Featherstone both artistic director and director?
She is both, but in this case, she’s just programmed the work. Vicky was named The Stage’s No.1 most influential theatre maker of 2017, above the likes of Sonia Freedman, Andrew Lloyd Webber or Cameron Mackintosh. During her time at the Royal Court, she has developed plays such as Hangmen and The Ferryman on to be award-winning successes. Before that, she directed Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour (Vicky used to be Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland).
What to expect:Acting
based on 2 reviews
A dark and thought-provoking show with a lot of meat on the bones in terms of meaningful content. Not a traditional play with a linear storyline and a set of interconnected characters but a series of conversations with characters who are loosely connected. Very sad in places and laugh out loud funny in others. Not sure what message I came away with but lots to think about over the coming weeks.
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Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS