“There exists more than one system to overthrow our liberty: Fanaticism has raised every passion, Royalism has not yet given up its hopes, and Terrorism feels bolder than ever.”
The Times, January 1795
A season of work reflecting the contemporary, the cutting edge, the zeitgeist and the state of the nation. We present a season of plays which take the questioning of power, authority and rebellion as a leaping off point. What do we mean by community? Who is invited in, who excluded? How do you respond if your life is blown apart by violence, by state action or an individual? We want to reflect the possibilities of live performance in challenging times.
“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true.” Noam Chomsky
Friday 13th December 7:30pm
by Simon Stephens
“The current era is both an ‘age of rage’ and an ‘age of surveillance’, defined by disorderly tumult and hyper-control from the authorities” Richard Youngs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
New Year’s Eve, Manchester: the anticipatory hopes and exuberance metamorphose into rage, revealing the demonic, in the playwright’s words “the opening of portals”. Despite the images of a fractured and directionless society, as the author says: “this play also brings with it an unsuppressable feeling of hope, which is the fundamental optimism of theatre.”
“He writes so passionately and soulfully for ordinary people who are in really difficult predicaments. People who are violent, or whatever, can have immense humanity in them as well – Simon writes about that very well.” Daniel Mays, actor
Please note, this performance contains explicit content and is strictly for those aged 16 and above.
Tickets: £9 / £5 concessions / Free for EHU students