Embarking on a UK tour from the 22nd November, casting has been announced for Mark Maughan’s production.
Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give. But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?
Tim Cowbury’s play is an absurd journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society, inviting audiences to the most British of interviews before transforming into onslaught of bureaucracy and prejudice.
Embarking on a UK tour from the 22nd November, the cast for the production is set to include Ncuti Gatwa (Romeo and Juliet, Home Theatre; Shakespeare in Love, Duke of York Theatre; 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Globe Theatre), Yusra Warsama (The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Universal Pictures; Sonnet Sunday, The Globe; Our Girl, BBC1) and Nick Blakeley (Theresa Vs Boris, BBC2; Twelfth Night, Orange Tree Theatre; Goodbye Christopher Robin).
Talking about the play Tim Cowbury said: “We live in a time that’s more fractiously globalised than ever before, where the language of place and identity is unprecedentedly loaded and paradoxical. Few situations embody this moment as absurdly and tellingly as the substantive interview at the heart of every asylum claim in the UK.”
The tour dates for this world premiere production are as follows:
22nd – 23rd Nov The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
28th Nov – 2nd Dec The Bike Shed, Exeter
10th – 13th Jan Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
16th – 26th Jan Shoreditch Town Hall, London
29th Jan Gulbenkian, Kent
31st Jan Platform Theatre, Glasgow
The Claim will feature set designs by Emma Bailey, sound by Lewis Gibson, lighting by Joshua Pharo and is produced by Luke Emery.
The Claim will be touring the UK from the 22nd November until the 31st January 2018.