Hot on the heels of EROS comes another topical, and highly political, new play at London’s White Bear Theatre. Rib Davis’ The Sword of Alex, which presents two competing versions of nationalism, premieres in a limited season from 18 September to 6 October 2018, with a press night on 20 September. Time to get booking!
You’d never defeat me in politics, not in the politics of left and right. But it’s a hell of a lot easier to get people to fight over identity than it is over ideas. Isn’t that right?
In The Sword of Alex, a country is on the verge of civil war as a region attempts to break away from the state. Two versions of nationalism clash head-on.
Two leaders and their nations pitted against each other. Each must destroy the other’s version of history. But families are no less tribal than nations.
As the great games are played out at national level, so too are domestic power struggles. This is a play that brings together national destiny, gender politics and the very ideas of identity and belonging.
Come back in ten years. Or twenty. Or when you’re dead. That’s always a good time to be forgiven. I think it’s called a pardon.
Written by Rib Davis, The Sword of Alex stars Georgia Winters, Kate Terence, DK Ugonna and Patrick Regis. The premiere production is directed by Brian Woolland, with set and costume by Alys Whitehead, and lighting and sound by Chuma Emembolu.
The Sword of Alex is produced at the White Bear by Beyond the Pale Theatre, a new company focusing on plays which present a new slant on social and political issues of the day.
The Sword of Alex runs from 18 September to 6 October 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets are priced £16 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!