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Seven new plays by emerging playwrights in response to the current political climate in the UK. ’State of Fear. Responsibilty to…?’ explores society’s challenges, prejudices, perspectives and uncertainties, because we believe theatre should ask questions and spark debate. Refugee crisis? EU Referendum? Islamophobia? Immigration? Whose opinions do we have and who do we trust?

Having received over 200 submissions by writers from all over the UK, Time Zone Theatre have selected seven original plays which will be performed at Southwark Playhouse. An evening of new writing, directed and performed by some of London’s most exciting talent.

The Plays

Britain for Breakfast by David Bottomley
Two of only six survivors of an inflatable raft launched from Syria are interviewed by a British police inspector. She tries to maintain control, but by the end of their harrowing stories, who is more traumatised? How do you ever heal the real cost of human trafficking?

Walruses by Daniel Segeth
Myles is seeking answers. As the major world powers cut-off aid to Africa, Myles confronts an executive at the charity he works for. A conversation that will change his world forever.

The Fabulous Derek Alfrick by Tom Powell
Derek Alfrick is a person. And like you, he’s sometimes nice. Maybe he’s nicer than you. No, he’s definitely nicer than you. One day, Mr. Alfrick has a spectacular moment of kindness. Weakness. And he gets exactly what he deserves. Poor Derek.

The Watchers by Jayne Woodhouse
In a dystopian near-future, Sarah is leading a campaign of violent action against an oppressive regime. The play follows the path from apathy to extremism through one young woman’s response to the pressures of her time.

Just Like Me by Rob Johnston
Two strangers meet on the street. One intends to connect. The other is keen to remain invisible. Evasion piles on denial as the fear of being noticed becomes ever more absurd, and the urge to connect turns increasingly sinister.

Life Sentence by Siân Rowland
While thousands struggle to gain entry to Europe, some will sacrifice everything to leave the comfort of home behind. A mother is in ruin as the child she once knew leaves her with nothing but the stigma of his destination. Love, loss, guilt…and the will to forgive?

Season’s Greetings by Mai Le Dinh
A group of friends are enjoying their Christmas break by the sea, away from the hustle and bustle of London town, when they find themselves being interrupted by whirling helicopters and a knock on the door as a refugee boat washes ashore. Why didn’t they stop at the house down the street?

Live music by Omar Mckay of Stendhal

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Creative Team

Directors
Tessa Hart
Stevan Mijailovic
Rob Henderson
Pamela Schermann
John Young

Writers
David Bottomley
Mai Le Dinh
Rob Johnston
Tom Powell
Siân Rowland
Daniel Segeth
Jayne Woodhouse

Cast

Fayez Bakhsh, Joseph Black, Madeleine Bowyer, Nicholas Clarke, Tom Crowhurst, Adam Cunis, Julia Fresco, Ben Hale, Mark Knightley, Samuel Lawrence, James Maclaren, Andrew McDonald, Olivia Onyehara, Andres Ortiz, Victoria Porter, Esme Sears, Yuna Shin, Venetia Twigg

Time Zone Theatre Ltd is a London-based theatre company which aims to encourage collaboration between British and International Artists. We produce bold and daring work with the opportunity for experimentation and innovation and we embrace diversity in the arts. Our interest lies in working with new writers as well as producing adaptations and reinterpretations of classic plays. Recent productions include Othello (Rose Playhouse, 2015) and Shoot, I didn’t mean that / The Last Days of Mankind (Tristan Bates Theatre, 2014), which was awarded Arts Council Funding.

More information at www.timezonetheatre.com

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