Arcola Theatre today announces its winter season for the remainder of 2016, with new plays by David Greig, Ron Hutchinson, Christina Lamb, Belarus Free Theatre, Christine Bacon, Sergio Blanco and Spitting Image‘s Henry Naylor.
• Nicolas Kent joins Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen to direct DRONES, BABY, DRONES: two urgent new plays (This Tuesday and The Kid) about drone warfare by David Greig, Ron Hutchinson and Christina Lamb. This provocative double bill lays bare the moral dilemmas created by drones, and asks what remote-controlled conflict will mean for the future of warfare and our world. Runs 2 to 26 November 2016.
• Trevor White and Alex Austin star in THEBES LAND, a daring new play about retribution and justice created by Sergio Blanco and award-winning director Daniel Goldman. How could anyone kill their own father? Runs 30 November to 12 December 2016.
• Belarus Free Theatre premiere a powerful new work about schizophrenia – TOMORROW I WAS ALWAYS A LION – based on a memoir by Arnhild Lauveng. Runs 19 to 29 October 2016.
• Ria Parry directs THE ISLAND NATION, Christine Bacon’s enthralling new play about civil war in Sri Lanka, presented by ice&fire. Sri Lanka, 2009. A 26-year civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers is coming to an end. The United Nations, the media and all independent witnesses are banned from entering the war zone. A young Tamil woman, a British aid worker, a Norwegian politician: nobody is safe. Runs 26 October to 19 November 2016.
• Former Spitting Image head writer Henry Naylor’s critically-acclaimed ANGEL, based on the legend of Syria’s ‘Angel of Kobane’, receives its London premiere. Syria, 2014: there’s a siege as fierce as Stalingrad. ISIS, having steam-rollered through Iraq, expect to take the town easily. But the citizens have found a heroine: a crackshot sniper, with 100 kills to her name. And she appears indestructible. She’s the Angel of Kobane. Runs 21 November to 23 December 2016.
Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said:
“These exciting new plays focus on mental health – the afflictions of schizophrenia (Tomorrow I Was Always A Lion), trauma (Drones, Baby, Drones) and guilt (Thebes Land) – and on physical danger; the danger that comes from living in conflict zones (Angel) and repressive regimes (The Island Nation). They are plays about the individual under stress, and society under threat. They affirm Arcola’s commitment to bold, provocative work which is socially and politically engaged, and which is accessible to all. Tickets for these new shows start at just £10.”