Playing at the National Theatre from the 28th February, casting for the project about people, the places they live and their futures has been confirmed today.
In the days that followed the EU referendum, the National Theatre announced plans for a project that saw a team of interviewers talking to people around the country Leicester to Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow about their views of the country as well as their futures and of course the referendum.
My Country: a Working Progress puts their thoughts and opinions centre stage, in this unique collaboration between Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Taking part in this unique production will be Seema Bowri, Cavan Clarke, Adam Ewan, Laura Elphinstone, Penny Layden, Stuart McQuarrie and Christian Patterson.
Talking about the production, Rufus Norris said: “One of my ambitions for the National Theatre is to make it truly national and through collaboration, embrace the creativity and opinion around the UK. The Brexit vote unleashed a host of questions about our country, way beyond the issue of Britain’s role in Europe. It articulated a deep disaffection. Those elements provoked a need and opportunity to create a piece of theatre that responds to that palpable sense of frustration and disillusionment. Art has always responded to what is happening now and it’s what I hope we achieve with My Country.”
After its run at the National Theatre, My Country: A Working Progress will tour the UK, visiting: Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Derry Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Home, Manchester, Leicester Curve, the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester, the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh,Birmingham Rep, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Theatre Clwyd, the Rozabaal in Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival, Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London.
My Country: a Working Progress will play at the National Theatre from the 28th February until the 22nd March. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/my-country.