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The magnificent Ambassadors theatre is your venue for the latest production of Foxfinder, an extraordinary piece of work by playwright Dawn King starring Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon. King is no stranger to disturbingly odd plays, with a suite of them under her belt including Dinosaur, Water Sculptures, Zoo, Face Value, The Bitches' Ball, Doghead Boy and Sharkmouth Go To Ikea. And The Guardian is full of praise for this one, saying “Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon... the most compelling new work I have seen this year.”
Foxfinder won the Papatango New Writing Competition in 2011 and was first performed at the Finborough theatre in London the same year. The Evening Standard calls it “grippingly atmospheric, dark and tense... We may not find any foxes here but we'll certainly uncover some terrific young talent”. Spoonfed says it's “clever and original... remarkable script” and The Times says it is “excitingly unusual... fascinating ideas”.
What's the story? Welcome to a strange, dystopian world where the humble fox is the reason mankind could die out, an animal that actually threatens the human race's survival. In a parable that explores belief, desire and responsibility, the Foxfinder William Bloor turns up at a farm owned by Samuel and Judith Covey to investigate a suspected fox contamination. He is totally convinced that the animal he is determined to unearth and destroy threatens human civilisation. But his investigations have unexpected consequences that change everyone's lives.
Foxfinders are trained from birth to live a monk-like existence and hone their fox finding talents until they're razor sharp. The play's setting and time are unknown. In this world farming is the thing that will save us, but the climate is getting worse by the year and the weather less and less predictable. As the crops continue to fail, and people begin to starve, the fox – for a reason we never find out – is to blame.
But are the foxes really killing off the human race? King keeps you guessing, revealing how easily we buy into myths. The play's chock full of twists and turns, and the end result is thrilling.
The play has been praised widely for its originality, and King was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012. She is also the inaugural winner of the National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award, the new name for the coveted Meyer-Whitworth Award. Foxfinder has been widely performed across Europe, Australia and the USA. Now it's in theatreland, and its due to light up the West End like nothing else.
Who is this show for?
Being a clever, subtle play rich in adult themes, Foxfinder is recommended for people aged 14 plus.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (0%)
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Stefanie, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Great new play.
Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by Jane, Stavanger, Norway
Reviewed on 18 September 2018 by Michela, London, United Kingdom
by Hugh Wooldridge | Wednesday, September 19 2018, 07:52
Foxfinder was originally seen in 2011 in a tiny, but hugely acclaimed, production at the Finborough Theatre, directed by Blanche McIntyre. For that production the author, Dawn King, won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award, the Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Awards and was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Off West End Awards.Review: FOXFINDER at the Ambassador's Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, July 5 2018, 10:48
Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton) is to star in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s award-winning thriller, FOXFINDER.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of news that two other G.O.T. alumni are also about to hit the London Stage.Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to Star in a Brilliant and Disturbing West End play