The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in association with Complicite Creative Learning present A Studio Season: The International Adaptations

Three new works directed by Complicite and devised by graduating students of the Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. The three shows are directed by three Complicite Associates directors who have worked with the Company at key moments in its celebrated and diverse history. Students from Central’s BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course will make up part of the production team.

This first time collaboration between Central and Complicite offers second and third year students a unique opportunity to work with professionals from one of the world’s leading theatre companies. A diverse cast of 15 emerging theatre makers will work with experienced Complicite directors to devise shows adapted from three international novels to be performed in rep at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington.

The project also offers an outreach programme to secondary schools to encourage young people who may not normally apply to drama schools to apply.

Alongside the productions, actors from each company will train to lead workshops in schools, providing a platform for the next generation of theatre practitioners.

 Marcello Magni, Complicite’s co-founder, directs Maktub, inspired by Paulo Cohelo’s novel The Alchemist which tells the story of a young shepherd who pursues a dream that takes him on an epic journey across a war-torn desert.

Catherine Alexander, who joined Complicite in 1994 as an associate director, adapts Alain Mabanckou’s Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty: ten year old Michel’s exuberant eye witness account of growing up in 1970’s Pointe Noire, Congo.

Kirsty Housley, co-director of The Encounter, creates a piece inspired by Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s War & War, telling the story of Korin, an archivist on an escape mission from 1990’s Hungary.

In rep from 25 Feb – 5 March 2017

Ticket prices £12 / £10 All three shows for £24/20

Pleasance Box Office: 020 7609 1800

[email protected]

Running time approximately 60 – 70 minutes each show


Sat 25 Feb 8.30pm

Sun 26 Feb 2pm

Wed 1 Mar 7.30pm

Thurs 2 Mar 2pm

Sat 4 Mar 7.30pm

Sun 5 Mar 2pm


Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty 

Sun 26 Feb 7.30pm

Tues 28 Feb 2pm

Thurs 2 Mar 7.30pm

Fri 3 Mar 2pm

Sat 4 Mar 4.45pm

Sun 5 Mar 7.30pm


War & War 

Sun 26 4.45pm

Tues 28 7.30pm

Wed 1 Mar 2pm

Fri 3 Mar 7.30pm

Sat 4 Mar 2pm

Sun 5 Mar 4.45pm



Directed by Marcello Magni, Catherine Alexander, Kirsty Housley, Set Design by Bethany Wells, Video Design by Cate Blanchard, Dramaturgy for Maktub by Gilles Aufray in collaboration with Marcello Magni, Music for Maktub by Olivier Aufray, All other creatives are 2nd and 3rd year BA Theatre Practice students


About The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a higher education conservatoire – a specialist college of the University of London which nurtures creative collaboration. Courses include acting, applied theatre, movement, musical theatre, drama & movement therapy, theatre & live performance, puppetry, scenography, actor & teacher training, voice, technical arts & production, and writing for stage & broadcast media.  With over 60 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central has the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK, an active research culture and is a hub for the theatre and performance industries.   Find out more about The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama by visiting:



Since it was founded in 1983, Complicite has toured the world, winning over 50 major awards and becoming known as one of the UK’s most exciting and enduring theatre companies.
From its early performances at the Edinburgh Fringe (where More Bigger Snacks Now became the first theatre show to win the Perrier Comedy Award) to being screened throughout the world as part of NT Live, Complicite has continued to experiment, breaking new ground with every new show.

Recent productions include Beware of Pity, The Encounter, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number.  The Company is also known for its award-winning Creative Learning programme which provides innovative opportunities for people to engage with its work. Find out more about Complicite by visiting:

Shoreditch Town announces additional programme of events to complement Philip Ridley Double-Bill

The Pitchfork Disney

The Pitchfork Disney

Shoreditch Town Hall today announces a series of additional events, talks and readings running alongside its double-bill of Philip Ridley plays in its basement spaces.

These include rehearsed readings of Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe and Ghost from a Perfect Place which, along with The Pitchfork Disney, complete his East End Gothic Trilogy, an adaptation of Ridley’s book for children Krindlekrax and post-show Q&As with the casts of The Pitchfork Disney and Killer.  For full details on the events please see below.

The Ridley double-bill, directed by Jamie Lloyd, features a new critically acclaimed production of his contemporary classic The Pitchfork Disney, starring George BlagdenTom Rhys HarriesSeun Shote and Hayley Squires, which is running until 18 March; and the world première of Killer, a collection of monologues, which opens on 27 February.  The two productions play in rep from 28 February until 18 March with Killer then continuing to run until 8 April.

Full programme of activity

Until Saturday 8 April, before and after performances of The Pitchfork Disney and Killer

Rebels and Rubble: An exhibition of photographs by Philip Ridley


 Thursday 16 February, 7.30pm

BSL interpreted performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Standard ticket prices (free ticket for a carer or companion)

Saturday 4 March, 10am

Rehearsed Reading of Krindlekrax followed by a Q+A and book signing with Philip Ridley


(On Friday 3 March there will be dedicated schools performances of Krindlekrax at 9.30am and 1.30pm. Please contact Shoreditch Town Hall directly for further information and availability)

Friday 10 March, following 7.30pm performance of The Pitchfork Disney and Friday 24 March, following 6.30pm performance of Killer

Lovesongs for Extinct Creatures: Poetry with Philip Ridley

Free for those attending that evening’s performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Philip Ridley’s performances of his own poetry have become something of a cult hit over the past few years.  At Shoreditch Town Hall, for two evenings only, he will read his sequence of poems that chart the journey of a love affair; from wanting love through to the grief of losing that love.

Saturday 11 March, 11.30am

Touch Tour of The Pitchfork Disney

Free for those who have also booked a ticket for the audio described performance

 Saturday 11 March, 1pm

Audio Described performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Standard ticket prices

Wednesday 15 March, following 7.30pm performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Q+A with George Blagden, Tom Rhys Harries, Hayley Squires and Seun Shote

Chaired by Jamie Lloyd

Free for those attending that evening’s performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Thursday 16 March, 7.30pm

Rehearsed Reading of The Fastest Clock in the Universe, directed by Rupert Hands, followed by a post-show Q+A with Philip Ridley and company. Chaired by Terri Paddock

We’re all as bad as each other. All hungry little cannibals at our own cannibal party. So fuck the milk of human kindness and welcome to the abattoir!

In a strange room in East London, a party is underway. Cougar Glass is celebrating his ‘birthday’. He is nineteen years old…again. And to celebrate your ‘last year as a teenager’ as you are slipping into your thirties requires a lot of preparation: the cake has to be perfect, the cards have to be perfect, but the most perfect thing of all has to be the guest of honour. For it’s the guest of honour – Foxtrot Darling – who will bring the most precious gift of all. The gift Cougar would kill for…Youth!

Philip Ridley’s second play was his breakthrough work. It caused a sensation when it premièred at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, winning Ridley the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Meyer Whitworth Prize, the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and a Time Out Award.  Its exploration of ‘metrosexuality’ and the ‘culture of youth’ was years ahead of its time, and it is now regarded as a contemporary classic.


Thursday 23 March, 7.30pm

Rehearsed Reading of Ghost from a Perfect Place, directed by Rupert Hands, followed by a post-show Q+A with Philip Ridley and company. Chaired by Aleks Sierz

 I’m not threatened by you. Or your gang. I was threatening people before any of you were born…I’m Travis Flood!

When one-time gangster Travis Flood returns to his old East London stomping ground after a twenty-five years he finds much has changed.’ A girl gang, clad in gold skirts and blond wigs – with a penchant for pyromania and revenge against men – have spread fear where once Travis held sway. But Travis is instantly captivated by the hauntingly beautiful gang leader, Rio Sparks. And soon a shocking story begins to emerge. A story that shatters both their distorted memories.

Ridley’s third stage play was a cause célèbre when it premièred at the Hampstead Theatre in 1994. With its on stage violence and depiction of a ‘girl gang’ it provoked The Guardianto label it ‘pornographic’.  But it went on to be nominated for the Evening Standard Best Play Award and with its exploration of a ‘post truth’ world and the dangers of nostalgia –  has, like most of Ridley’s plays, proved itself uncannily prophetic.


Saturday 25 March, 1.30pm

Touch Tour of Killer

Free for those who have also booked a ticket for the 3pm performance

Thursday 30 March, following 7.30pm performance of Killer

Q+A with John MacMillan and Philip Ridley. Chaired by Jamie Lloyd

Free for those attending that evening’s performance of Killer


Full casting announced for Boundless Theatres’ production of Glenn Waldron’s Natives



Boundless Theatre Artistic Director Rob Drummer today announced the full company for the UK première of Natives, a new play by Glenn Waldron. Previously Company of Angels, Boundless Theatre produces exhilarating new theatre in the UK in conversation with Europe. Drummer directs Ella Purnell (A), Fionn Whitehead (B), and Manish Gandhi (C) in the production which opens at the Southwark Playhouse on 31 March, with previews from 29 March, and runs until 22 April.

“Where are the grown-ups to do something, where are the grown-ups in this story?”

Three countries. Three teenagers. One average, life-altering day.

A young man battles with feelings of love and violence. Another is stuck with the image of someone being pushed from a rooftop. And a girl must choose between her friends and her conscience.

Natives is a rallying cry to a generation of unlikely heroes and celebrates coming of age online in a chaotic world.

Glenn Waldron is a London-based playwright and writer. A former magazine editor and journalist, Glenn was Editor of i-D magazine and his feature writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, Vogue, W magazine, and other publications. His first play Forever House premiered at the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth and his work has since been performed in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the USA. Upcoming productions include The Here And This And Now at TRP and End of the Pier at Hackney Showroom. Glenn also lectures in journalism and pop culture at the University of the Arts London.

Ella Purnell plays A. She is making her professional stage debut. She was one of Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2010. For film, she will appear in the forthcoming Churchill,her credits include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenNever Let me Go, Maleficent, Intruders and Kick Ass 2.

Fionn Whitehead plays B. He is making his professional stage debut. He was one of Screen Internationals Stars of Tomorrow 2016. For television his credits include Him; and for film, he will appear in the forthcoming Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and The Children Act. 

Manish Gandhi plays C. He was included in the British Council’s 2016 global list of 33 cultural influencers from around the world promoting freedom and equality. For theatre his credits include Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Brown Shakespeare (Efua Theodora Sutherland Drama Studio, Legon-Accra), Rizwan (FTII, Pune), Limbo and Cock (National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai). For television, Rides upon the Storm, Judwa Raja and Na Bole Tum; and for film, That Transient IntervalChai Shai Biscuits and Rizwaan. 

Rob Drummer joined Boundless Theatre in July 2016 as Artistic Director.  He previously worked as co-director on the company’s production of Sense by Anja Hilling at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), alongside Andrea Ferran. He was a mentor to emerging playwrights from the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Norway on the European Writers’ Lab component of the company’s Theatre Café Festival.  Prior to becoming Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre he was Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre where he ran the Literary Department, responsible for all playwriting work including the commissioning and development of new plays for production. He has established ongoing partnerships with Playwrights of New York (PoNY), delivered projects with Kudos Film & Television and established a partnership with Drama Centre London and Oberon Books on the Student Guide To Writing: Playwriting.  Before joining the Bush Drummer was the first Literary Manager for HighTide Festival Theatre where he supported the expansion of the festival, doubling the number of productions and for HighTide he also directed EisteddfodEndless Poem and Perish. As a Dramaturg and Director he has worked with playwrights at theatres including the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Contact, York Theatre Royal and Theatre503. He was one of the first recipients of an Artists’ International Development Fund from the Arts Council and British Council and spent time working in South Africa with playwrights and theatre makers at the Baxter and Market Theatres.

Father is a music composition and sound-design studio which works on the principle that sound and image should work in tandem. Founded by Joe Farley and Freddie Webb, Father uses a variety of approaches that bridge musicality and sound design for rich, provocative and emotive sonic landscapes.

Boundless Theatre (formerly Company of Angels) produces exhilarating new theatre in the UK in conversation with Europe. For fifteen years, they have produced and toured new plays, nationally and internationally and created projects and experiences that young adult audiences share in. They nurture and empower the next generation of visionary artists, brings plays, diverse perspectives and ideas from Europe and engage with a range of artistic forms beyond theatre-making.

Natives                                                                                                                          _________Listings

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

To book tickets call: 020 7407 0234 

Twitter: @ boundlessabound

Instagram: @boundlessabound

Facebook: /boundlessabound

29 March – 22 April

Press night: 31 March at 8pm  


Start Time 8pm Monday – Sunday

Matinee 3.30pm Saturdays and Tuesday 4th April only


Price £20 | £16 concessions | £12 preview performances