THE OLD ROOM is a bar where people meet, sometimes by accident. It’s also a memory of a place in Prague where Sam used to go when he worked at the British Embassy; a place where there was desire, betrayal and a honey trap. Now Sam works in cyber-security helping to fend off attacks on people like 4C, a political lobbying organisation.
William Stanton‘s play, which was inspired by the 2014 documentary film Citizenfour, talks to us through characters who wrestle with the theft of privacy by governments with unlimited reach and zero accountability. The premiere production, directed by Martin Harvey, stars Nick Limm (as Sam), along with Patrick Romer, Nicole Roberts, Karina Knapinska, Miranda Shamiso and Frazer Blaxland.
THE OLD ROOM runs until 12 May 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets are priced £16 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Audience vox pops
‘A very taut thriller, Le Carresque – but bringing Le Carre into the 21st century’
‘It’s very well acted, staged and with some whip-crack lines throughout’
‘I really enjoyed the humour and character depth. My take away? Beware of what you say and do – watch your back’
‘The production was superb, the performances absolutely stunning’
‘Very disturbing and very relevant for the time we live in. This play made me fearful as it echoes what I am already feeling’
‘The pace was quick, really on the money, fascinating and captivating’
‘Really good, I’m glad I came along. The cast was really, really impressive
‘It’s a complex story that resolves itself within the evening – like peeling an onion. I liked that’
‘Thank you for a fascinating evening. Engaging performances and much to think about. So worthwhile’
‘It’s amazing how in such a small intimate theatre you get so drawn in so you feel like a part of it’
‘I enjoyed the differences in the timeline, challenging. It pieces together and then you get the bigger picture’
‘The design and lighting were great, moving from past to present and through different stories’.
‘It’s very difficult to write politics in a play. The way to do it is to make it personal – that was a joy to me’
‘I liked the political subject, very current. It’s so important to be aware of what is going on with technology’
‘We all have smartphones and engage in social media but don’t put a lot of thought into it… I will now!’
THE OLD ROOM runs from 24 April to 12 May 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets are priced £16 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!