NEWS: Lydia West to Star in UK Premiere A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction

The UK premiere production of Miranda Rose Hall’s play is a collaboration between the Barbican and theatre company Headlong.

Headlong and the Barbican have confirmed that Lydia West (It’s a Sin, Inside Man) will make her stage debut in the UK premiere of A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction by award-winning playwright Miranda Rose Hall. 

Directed by Katie Mitchell, Lydia West will will perform the role of Naomi at the Barbican from 26th – 29th April before the production embarks on a UK tour. The production will see a different local actor and director take on the production at each venue. Each performance will be powered by bicycles peddled in real time throughout the duration of the show. 

Naomi is part of a touring theatre company and they have made a play especially for you – those who are living through extinction – except the actors haven’t shown up yet. We don’t know why, and maybe they will, but in the meantime, Naomi has a plan. Miranda Hall’s darkly funny and uplifting play explores what it means to be human in an era of man-made extinction.

The UK premiere is set to be designed by Moi Tran, with the creative team creating blueprints containing sustainability guides which will be given to each subsequent venue in the first off-grid tour of its kind in the UK. Local teams will stage and perform the play, within the parameters of the blueprints and using the same renewable bike technology, therefore eliminating the need for physical travel.

Following its run at the Barbican, the play will then visit Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Live Theatre Newcastle, New Vic Newcastle-under-Lyme, and  York Theatre Royal with further venues along with casting and directors to be announced shortly. 

Lydia West says: “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Katie Mitchell, Headlong and the Barbican on this very relevant piece. I think Barbican is the perfect venue for such an impactful show and I have been a huge admirer of Katie’s work for some time. I’m excited for everyone to see this and to bring this eco-feminist text to life in my professional stage debut.”

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