With the real world feeling like it is constantly on the brink, the White Bear Theatre kicks off the new year with a show set in a world entirely in chaos. Umbra Theatre’s dark comedy The Empire Has Fallen, which runs at the Kennington venue from 22 to 26 January 2019, is set in a dystopia that needs rebuilding. Book your tickets for the revolution now!
David Fenne’s debut play takes an absurdist look at what happens after a dystopian government falls and how the world gets put back together again. In this play The Hunger Games meets The Thick of It as the young adult dystopia genre gets turned on its head.
The Empire has fallen. The Rebels have won. The evil of the Emperor is defeated … errrm now what? Interim President Grumm is trying her hardest to get things running again, but stripping out years of oppression, subjugation and toilet surveillance is easier said than done. The populace is illiterate and unmotivated, everyone useful (including the cleaners) have been executed, and they have to pay people in gift cards because the treasury is a train-wreck.
But never fear, for overeager Minister of Apologies, Barnabas Hepplestone, is around to help with the important things… like a new state colour scheme. Will the world adjust to these new-fangled concepts of Democracy and Free Will? Or will things fall apart without the boot of the Empire in the face of the masses? Has anyone actually thought this through?
In addition to writing the play, Fenne also takes the role of Barnabus, with Emily Toomey as President Grumm and Hebe Renard as Lady Arina. Elliot Buron and Lottie Davies complete the cast, playing multiple roles.
Umbra Theatre, which stages The Empire Has Fallen, was created by David Fenne in 2018 to foster new writing in London and stage darkly comic plays. The company is particularly interested in work that supports LGBT artists and places strong female characters at the forefront of its stories.
Michael Powell directs the production. The graduate of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance previously directed The Egg Rumour, which toured London and Birmingham.
The Empire Has Fallen runs at the White Bear Theatre at the same time as another dark comedy, Franz Kafka – Apparatus. Previously a hit at the Brighton Fringe, Ross Dinwiddy’s play, inspired by Kafka’s In The Penal Colony, plays earlier in the evening, with The Empire Has Fallen playing in a later slot.
The Empire Has Fallen runs from 22 to 26 January 2019 at The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Rd, Kennington, London SE11 4DJ with performances from Tuesday to Saturday at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced from £12 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Meet the cast:
Elliot Burton’s recent stage credits include William Babington in Le Chateau for Onatti Productions, Joseph May in Silent Song for Playtime Theatre and Laertes in Hamlet for The Young Shakespeare Company. Other credits include Romeo and Juliet, False Friends, Showdown, On The Northern Line and After the Fall.
Lottie Davies spent 2018 playing Olivia and Nurse in the Young Shakespeare Company’s productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Other stage credits include Peter Pan – A New Musical (Colour House Theatre), Children in Uniform and Antigone (both Drama Studio London ). She has worked with David Fenne on a number of improvised shows with Very Serious People and was also a cast member for You Me Bum Bum Train.