After an incredible run at 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Assembly Festival and Riverside Studios Fringe First winning production of RAZ has its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios from 22 March – 16 April 2016 before embarking on a UK tour.
Written by Olivier-Award winner Jim Cartwright, this humorous and heart-warming play is about a night out in modern Britain and a generation that lives for the weekend whilst still living at home.
Tonight we see Shane hit the town hard: on Monday he’ll start again.
RAZ is a stirring comment on the current culture of booze, drugs and disposable relationships within the context of the great age of the zero-hours contract highlighting the low-paid lives and even lower aspirations of the generation of austerity. As reported in The Guardian, the number of 20-34 year olds returning to live with their parents has reached the highest level since 1996, with almost 1 in 4 returning to the nest.
This vivid portrait of the weekend millionaires who gym and tan while their mums do their laundry is the very real story of a lost generation of young adults living in Britain today.
Jim Cartwright rose to prominence with his 1986 multi award-winning debut Road and cemented his place as an essential voice in British theatre with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (1992) at the National Theatre, which received six Olivier Award nominations before winning Best Comedy at both the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His career spans writing, acting and directing across theatre, television and film, Cartwright is a multi-faceted talent. He has created work that forms an important part of the canon of British theatre and has been translated into over thirty-five languages.
Cartwright’s latest work is a family affair with son, and Royal Television Society Award-winning actor, James Cartwright (The Archers, The History Boys, Hollyoaks) taking to the stage as Shane, a young factory worker who navigates one man’s place in the world amidst the throes of a booze-fuelled Friday night out in the North of England. Cartwright’s capacity for poetic realism excels in this bawdy solo show as he portrays the self-reflection that comes to us all in periods of existential pondering with exceptional charm and biting wit.
Directed by former National Theatre Associate Director Anthony Banks and with sound and composition from Ben and Max Ringham, this is a one-man show not to be missed.