The Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will present the first national tour of the playwright’s Invincible.
Directed by Christopher Harper, the play follows the lives of Emily and Oliver who are finding the recession tough and so have decided to downsize – moving from London to a small town in the north of England.
One night they decide to open their doors to their neighbours Dawn and Alan. But the evening doesn’t go as expected, with the end result being consequences that are both tragic and hilarious.
The play had its world premiere at the Orange Theatre in Richmond in 2014, before transferring to St James Theatre the same year.
Torben Betts said of the latest production of his play: “I’ve always been impressed by Original Theatre Company. I’m delighted they are touring Invincible this year. It is, amongst other things, a play about the North/South divide so it will be interesting to see what audiences away from and north of London make of it.”
Invincible will be designed by Victoria Spearing, with sound by Dominic Bilkey.
Director Christopher Harper commented: “Torben’s uncanny ability to depict life and find both the dark and the hysterically funny hasn’t changed.”
The tour dates are as follows:
30 March – 2 April Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
5 – 9 April Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
12 – 14 April Hull Truck Theatre
19 – 23 April New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
26 – 27 April South Hill Park, Bracknell
28 – 30 April Mercury Theatre, Colchester
2 – 4 May Gala Theatre, Durham
6 – 7 May Stamford Arts Centre
10 – 14 May Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
17 – 21 May Birmingham Repertory Theatre
23 – 24 May Theatre Royal Winchester
26 – 28 May Key Theatre, Peterborough
7 – 11 June Exeter Northcott Theatre
14 – 18 June Festival Theatre, Malvern
Casting for the tour has yet to be announced. For further information and to book tickets visit: http://www.originaltheatre.com/portfolio-item/invincible-2016/