NOV 22 - NOV 26
Sunday – Thursday, 8.30pm, 1hr (no interval)
“There's no such thing as countries....” George is in search of England, or to be more precise, what it means to be English. He was born English, his parents are English, but he's not sure whether he is any more. So he's back to find out. At least, that's what he says. A play about nationality, immigration and love, and the next production by East London-based Fox Theatre Company.
Inspired by the great travel book of the same name, written by legendary writer, H V Morton, the play has been written by Essex journalist and author Neil D’Arcy-Jones. Neil says: “I’ve been thinking of a way of staging what is essentially the archetypal travel book for many years now, but I didn’t really get to grips with it until I went abroad myself. I was in Australia and New Zealand, and people kept asking me where I was from. After a while I thought ‘who cares where I’m from, what does it mean to be English anyway’ and that’s where the seeds of the play started.” Having written plays primarily for children before, this production not only marks Neil’s ‘grown-up’ debut, but also the first time any of his work has been performed in London.
Director Sarah Chapleo set up Fox Theatre last year and, while still studying for her final degree in English and Drama at Queen Mary University in London, put on her first professional production at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, her own adaptation of Émile Zola’s Thérése Raquin.
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