Production images have today been released for the new touring production of The Border by Afsaneh Gray, a new politically-charged comedy aimed to inspire young audiences.
This outrageous Brechtian parable highlighting the absurdity of borders will tour extensively to both schools and theatres to engage audiences across the country in an urgent national conversation. The cast includes Lucie Capel, Rujenne Green, Matt Littleson and Jazmine Wilkinson.
Developed in collaboration with young people in Croydon and Bedworth, as well as dramaturg Sarah Dickenson, The Border questions the meaning of borders and the lines we draw between ourselves and other people. Featuring a live break out debate, the play creates space for audiences to think and talk together in a time of fake news and information overload.
Life is turned upside down in one small town as East Oolia shuts the border with West Oolia, dividing here from there, us from them, this from that despite all the fruit tasting the same. In the midst of it all Julia’s beloved dog Stranger has gone missing. After a spate of dog thefts, she must find Stranger before the Dog Smugglers get their hands on her beloved Cockerpoo.
Alongside the bold storytelling, this high-energy production features an original score by composer Ted Barnes (long-time collaborator with Beth Orton, This is England by Shane Meadows) and playful set and costume design by Alice Hallifax (Donmar on Design; Pickle Jar, Soho Theatre) as well as lighting design by Neill Brinkworth (The Firm; Hampstead Theatre, Coat; Roundhouse).
The Border will be touring the UK from Thursday 12 September to Wednesday 6 November.
Photo credit: Jack Barnes