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The Poetry of Exile

  • White Bear Theatre 138 Kennington Park Road London, England, SE11 4DJ United Kingdom (map)

MAR 28 - APR 22

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 4pm on Sundays), 120 mins



From the pen of Peter Hamilton (Basildon, Bridlington and Playground) comes new play The Poetry of Exile, opening at the White Bear Theatre in March/April 2017. In this new elegiac drama, Chinese transcendental poetry collides with questions of fertility, practicality and wine in Hamilton’s trademark absurdist writing style.

Rob is thirty years old. His wife Lynn wants children, her sister Josie is pursuing her dream of becoming in a vintner in the south of France, and her husband Greg just wants Rob to focus on being a driving instructor – but all Rob wants to do is write poetry. When student Mary-Jane introduces him to the Chinese transcendental poetry of the Tang era, Rob embarks on a journey of self-discovery as his family members slowly unwind their own.

Hamilton is once again joined by director Ken McClymont, former artistic director of the Old Red Lion, who has directed, amongst Hamilton’s previous plays, 45 professional productions all over London, including Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing (Tabard Theatre, 2016) and Bottalack O’Clock (Old Red Lion, 2016).

Peter Hamilton is the Leeds-born writer known for Basildon (White Bear Theatre, 2009) and Bridlington (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2015). Hamilton’s writing spans decades and has previously explored similar themes of disillusion and mental illness in Switchboard (1997) and The Reappearance of Christ in the East End (2005). Previous credits also include Playground (2015), Skara Brae (2007) and Danelaw (2005). 


***** “emotionally flooring (...) spectacularly funny (...) beautifully ordered chaos (...) a surprising and revelatory piece of new writing” London Theatre 1 on Bridlington

***** “surrealistic, powerful and extraordinarily beautiful play” Remotegoat on Bridlington


Earlier Event: March 21
Dark Vanilla Jungle
Later Event: March 30