Views about Brexit put into a play, My County at Cambridge Arts Theatre
PUBLISHED: 10:46 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:46 09 June 2017
In the days after the Brexit vote a team from the National Theatre spoke to people nationwide aged from nine to 97 to hear their views about Britain.
In a series of interviews, they heard opinions that they described as honest, emotional, funny and sometimes extreme.
The play My Country is based on those words.
The character, Britannia, calls a meeting to listen to her people, from Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West. Six actors voice the view of six regions on various issues.
They bring the voices of the regions with a passionate and polarised debate. Can their ever be a United Kingdom?
The real interviews gathered are interwoven in the play with speeches from party leaders by poet laureate Carry Ann Duffy and artistic director of The National Theatre, Rufus Norris.
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.’ My Country was created in collaboration with; Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Curve, Leicester, Derry Playhouse, Live
Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association
with Cusack Projects Limited.
From June 15-17 at 7.45pm with matinees Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets, 01223 503333 or www.cambridgeartstheatre.com. Pre-show talk (booking essential) on Friday, June 16 with director Rufus Norris.