Terri Paddock chairs a post-show Q&A with The Permanent Way cast at The Vaults, London on 24 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones

Q&A video: How much does the atmosphere at The Vaults add to The Permanent Way?

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I was lucky enough to see the original Out of Joint production of The Permanent Way at the National Theatre in 2003. I remember being horrified by David Hare’s verbatim play about railway privatisation, based on first-hand accounts, including the people behind the body counts of the four major rail disasters between 1997 and 2002.

With Alexander Lass‘ excellent revival at The Vaults, evocatively staged beneath Waterloo Station, the rumble of the trains creating the soundscape, Hare’s play has not only lost none of its power – it’s also become evident to me that it’s not really about the railways at all… but something much bigger, more universal and, in 2019 Brexit, post-Grenfell Britain, more resonant than ever.

But I suspect David Hare knew this all along: did you know that Hare’s playtext has a subtitle? It’s “La Voie Anglaise”… “The English Way”.

After the performance, I was joined by cast members Sakuntala Ramanee, Jacqui Dubois, Gabrielle Lloyd, Lucas Hare, Paul Dodds, Tej Obano and Jonathan Tafler, as well as assistant director Aran Cherkez, to discuss the production and related topics:

  • Why revive this play in 2019? What does it say to us today?
  • What advice did David Hare give the cast on a rehearsal visit?
  • Does playing real ordinary people bring extra responsibility?
  • How does this specific venue add to the drama?
  • Why do Brits love complaining about trains?! (asked by an American!)

Watch and share the full Q&A video below.

The Permanent Way runs until 17 November 2019 at The Vaults, Launcelot Street off Lower Marsh, London SE1 7NN with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets priced from £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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