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My Country; a work in progress cast announcement

My Country; a work in progress - cast
My Country; a work in progress - cast

We're delighted to be hosting My Country; a work in progress at the Playhouse this April (Tue 11 to Sat 15).

The cast includes Seema Bowri, Cavan Clarke, Adam Ewan, Laura Elphinstone, Penny Layden (Bright Phoenix), Stuart McQuarrie and Christian Patterson (pictured above).

The production has been created by Rufus Norris (Director of the National Theatre) in collaboration with Carol Ann Duffy (Poet Laureate) from a nationwide listening project that began in the days after the EU referendum.

Rufus Norris, Carol Ann Duffy in rehearsal. Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith
Rufus Norris, Carol Ann Duffy in rehearsal. Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith

A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and towns they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum.

Using exact words taken from these interviews, My Country; a work in progress puts those conversations centre stage.

Rufus Norris in rehearsal. Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith
Rufus Norris in rehearsal. Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith

Rufus Norris said: "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."

Read the Evening Standard piece on Brexit and the arts.

Join the conversation @LivEveryPlay | #MyCountry

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