It’s not every day that you’re taught to deliver a knockout blow with the butt of a gun, or, at least, appear to convincingly do so, but that’s what’s been happening in rehearsals for the world premiere of Tegan McLeod’s Lunatic 19s – A Deportational Road Trip. Take a look, then book your tickets!
McLeod’s first full length play to be staged in the UK, Lunatic 19s runs from 9 July to 3 August 2019 at Finborough Theatre.
Recovering from a serious car crash, Gracie, an undocumented Latina migrant worker from Kentucky, is tracked down to her hospital bed by immigration enforcement officer Alec. Dragged from hospital, she is chained and forced into a van to begin the long journey to deportation.
Lunatic 19s tells a human story from the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees, while reveling in the brutal surrealism of jailer and prisoner bound together on a road trip to exile and new beginnings.
The two-hander features Gabriela Garcia as Gracie, with Devon Anderson as Alec. Garcia previously appeared in productions including West Side Story at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and Strictly Ballroom and In The Heights in London. Anderson is best known for playing Billy Jackson in EastEnders and Sonny Valentine in Hollyoaks.
Jonathan Martin directs Lunatic 19s. The former Principal of Drama Centre, London, has directed productions including Insignificance (Liverpool Playhouse), The False Servant (Gate Theatre) and Blood Wedding (Half Moon Theatre).
Martin is joined in the creative team by designer Carla Goodman, lighting designer Kevin Treacy and sound designer Juan Ernesto Diaz.
Playwright McLeod is a native of Iowa City, who moved to the UK, studied English Literature at Oxford and acted with the National Youth Theatre. Her first play, Never Such Rain, which was written when she was just 18, was a runner-up in the Oxford New Writer’s Festival. Lunatic 19s was a runner-up in for the prestigious Papatango Prize.
Lunatic 19s – A Deportational Road Trip runs at Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London, SW10 9ED from 9 July to 3 August 2019, with performances Tuesdays to Sundays at 7.30pm, matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are priced from £18. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!