Dark, stern uniforms, bright haired TV hosts and ominous aprons – they’re all perfectly placed in the dystopia of The Empire Has Fallen, as you can see from these newly released production shots. Take a look then book your tickets for a a trip to a world being hilariously rebuilt!
Umbra Theatre’s dark comedy, which runs at the White Bear Theatre until 26 January 2019, 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, David Fenne also takes the role of Barnabus, with Emily Toomey as President Grumm and Hebe Renard as Lady Arina. Elliot Burton and Lottie Davies complete the cast, playing multiple roles.
Umbra Theatre, which stages The Empire Has Fallen, was created by 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!
Check out these production images of The Empire Has Fallen: