This new play will be performed at the theatre from the 29th to the 1st October.

It has been announced that this autumn award-winning artist and renowned writer, Linnea Langfjord Kristensen’s new play The Real will play at the Cockpit Theatre directed by Alan Fielden.

Why can’t Drew remember anything or keep a straight thought for longer periods of time, and instead have resorted to folding cabbages from paper? Why won’t Henriette eat? Everyone always told Tom that he was destined to become a famous writer, so does it matter that the stories he writes harm the people around him? The mother Meg yearns to become independent, but what exactly happened to her daughter and why is she never there? Always watching and dictating is the Child, forcing everyone to keep busy, reach their full potential and strive to be real people – Otherwise they will be punished.

Set in a heightened version of today’s world, The Real is a tragicomic story about four people who try to understand what it means to be real when their own reality itself is a representation. When their dreams, desires, constant self-improvement, and even choices are hardwired into them by an overly friendly, Big Brother like society.

The cast for this world premiere production includes: includes Henriette B Laursen (Going Straight To Gay… Or Something In-Between, UK Tour; Deadly Nightshade, Obscuriscopic Films), Tom Cray (Richard II, The Vaults; Late Night Horror, Pleasance Theatre), Meg Lake (Preservation, Crosshatch Studios; Regarding Annabel, RoLo Productions), Drew Sheridan-Wheeler (Money Heist, Fever/Netflix; Unexpected, The Cockpit Theatre) and Lucy Spreckley (Little Red Riding Hood, Laugh out Loud Theatre; Everything Between Us, Marylebone Theatre).

Director Alan Fielden said of the play: “There’s a unique tone, or atmosphere, to The Real. It’s a play that explores contemporary aches – success, authenticity, conformity, loss, systems of control –
with a language that’s eerie yet vivid, at times disorienting, and then ecstatic. From a technical point of view, I’m very excited by this act of theatrical translation, taking a play that has existed
and toured digitally and translating it into an in-the-round experience. For me, that’s a fascinating technical and creative proposition.”

To find out more visit: https://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/the_real