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My Country; A Work In Progress
A new play inspired by the EU referendum. National Theatre of Great Britain in collaboration with Citizens Theatre and seven other UK theatre companies.
In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme. My Country puts their words centre stage.
Britannia calls a meeting, to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate, stereotypes nailed and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom?
These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders of the time in this groundbreaking new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and director Rufus Norris.My Country; a work in progress opens in London before starting its UK tour at the Citizens Theatre.
National Theatre in collaboration with Citizens Theatre, Leicester Curve, Live Theatre Newcastle, Londonderry Playhouse, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike a Light Festival in association with Cusack Project Limited.
Director - Rufus Norris
Writer - Carol Ann Duffy
Designer - Katrina Lindsay
Lighting Designer - Paul Knott
Music - David Shrubsole
Sound Designer - Alex Caplen
Movement - Polly Bennett
The Independent ★★★★★
“compassionate, funny and insightful”
“the play presents an unsentimental portrait of life in today’s post-Brexit limbo”
The Herald,Neil Cooper
“will expose the anger, frustration and excitement of Brexit”
The National, Kirsteen Paterson
“What does theatre mean? Of course it means entertainment and provocation and the power of story as a way of understanding who we are. But increasingly it is important also that theatre is the centre of debate for what’s going on in the nation”
The Guardian, Amelia Gentleman
“There are two things universally accepted to be true in these rocky political times: we are leaving the EU, and everyone has an opinion about it. What’s less clear is, well, basically everything else”
Evening Standard, Jessie Thompson
“This Brexit play actually listened to people in the UK”
The New European, Daisy McCorgay
“bringing voices from different regions, ages and social classes to a wide range of people on the national tour”
“People were so willing to be engaged and wanted to tell stories”
What’s On Stage, Campbell Lawrie
POST-SHOW TALK WITH DIRECTOR RUFUS NORRIS
Stay after the show on Tue 28 Mar for a chance to ask questions and hear more about the show from director Rufus Norris of the National Theatre of Great Britain. Free to anyone with a ticket for that evening’s performance.