An air of foreboding...
PUBLISHED: 17:53 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 11 August 2010
Terrorism, a play in six scenes, written by the Russian-born Presnyakov Brothers, is to receive its first professional UK production since its acclaimed premiere at the Royal Court in 2003. This new production by KADMES Theatre, which has transferred fro
Terrorism, a play in six scenes, written by the Russian-born Presnyakov Brothers, is to receive its first professional UK production since its acclaimed premiere at the Royal Court in 2003.
This new production by KADMES Theatre, which has transferred from a critically acclaimed run in Nottingham, is to run for three weeks at the Greenwich Playhouse this month.
The play is a black comedy featuring a young, energetic cast, delivering sharp, witty dialogue, and depicts not the terrorism of the suicide bomber, but terror of the mind which can lurk is all of us.
Irritable passengers await the bomb disposal squad, a cuckolded husband murders his cheating wife, an office worker hangs herself, two old women plot murder, and police pore over photos of dismembered bodies.
Only at the conclusion do we realise that these apparently unrelated stories are all carefully linked, not just by plot, but also by a sense of fear and paranoia.
Running at 90 minutes, and with a soundtrack including music by Nina Simone, Frank Zappa, and Arctic Monkeys - this is a production which sizzles along, providing laughs and painful truths in equal measure.
Director, Martin Berry says: "This is a play that is even more relevant now than it was back in 2003.
"It is not so much about bombs and hijackings, but rather an examination of how we are all somehow complicit in a never ending cycle of fear - a chain reaction of suspicion and judgement that we seem unable to stop.
"As an exploration of living life under a constant terrorist threat, Terrorism is a timely and all too relevant play for a London audience, and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it here to Greenwich."
The production ran for two weeks in Nottingham where it was a runaway success with local critics and audiences, many of whom went back to see it several times over.
Terrorism runs at Greenwich Playhouse, Greenwich Station Forecourt, High Road, Greenwich from this week until Sunday, July 20. Performances Tuesday-Saturday: 7.30pm; Sundays: 4pm.
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