By Ella Hickson
Directed By Carrie Cracknell
Tickets £10 - £38
★★★★The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, Evening Standard, Sunday Times, The Observer, Mail on Sunday
The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Age of Oil. The Stone Age didn't end for want of stones.
What do you do when you know it's going to run out? Oil follows the lives of one woman and her daughter in an epic, hurtling crash of empire, history and family.
Playwright Ella Hickson and Director Carrie Cracknell make their Almeida debuts with the World Premiere of an explosive new play which drills deep into the world's relationship with this finite resource.
Photographed by Miles Aldridge, Production by Lucy Watson Productions, Set Design by Vincent Olivier @ Magnet, Styling by Nicholas Royal, Hair by Joseph Pujalte @ Art List Paris, Make up by Janeen Witherspoon, Nails by Ami Streets @ LMC Worldwide. Special thanks to Spring Studios and Sola Lighting
Rehearsal photography by Miles Aldridge
Previews Fri 7 Oct - Thurs 13 Oct
Press Night Fri 14 Oct
Wed matinees 1.30pm 19, 26 Oct, 2, 9 & 16 Nov
Sat matinees 1.30pm from 22 Oct
Mon 7 Nov
Pre-show talk in the auditorium at approximately 5pm
Talkback Mon 24 Oct
Post-show discussion with members of the Oil company. Free to same-day ticket holders.
Audio Described Performances
Sat 12 Nov 1.30pm
(Touch Tour 11.15am)
Fri 18 Nov 7pm
(Touch Tour 5.15pm)
Fri 11 Nov
Fri 7 - Sat 15 Oct
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £23 for the opening performances* of each production
*subject to availability
Mon 24 Oct, Mon 31 Oct, Mon 14 Nov
£5 Mondays for Under 25s. Proof of age ID will be required on collecting the tickets. Tickets are limited and subject to availability. £5 tickets will go on sale on Monday 10 October at noon.
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For the Almeida: Vassa.
Theatre includes: Husbands And Sons; Strange Interlude; Saint Joan; King Lear; War And Peace; La Grande Magia (National Theatre); Macbeth (Lincoln Centre Theatre); Berenice; Days Of Wine And Roses (Donmar Warehouse); Cause Celebre (Old Vic); The Soldier’s Fortune; The Daughter In Law; (Young Vic); Playboy Of The Western World (Druid Theatre Company); A Doll’s House (Shared Experience Theatre Comp); Collected Stories (Haymarket Theatre Royal).
Television includes: From Darkness; Murder; The Accused Mo’s Story; Parade’s End; Margot; The History Of Mr Polly; The Virgin Queen; Shameless; Doctor Zhivago; Sinners; Wild West; The Way We Live Now; Aristocrats; Amongst Women.
Film includes: Suffragette; Before I Go To Sleep; Molly Moon; Sanctuary; Closed Circuit; Nowhere Boy; The Last Station; Is Anybody There; French Film; Born Equal; Garage; The Waiting Room; Magdelene Sisters; Enigma.
★★★★ Bold, playful and scorchingly ambitious
★★★★ Mixes prickly humour with a mischievous intelligence
★★★★ Hugely imaginative... I can't get it out of my mind
★★★★ Beautiful... epic
★★★★ Richly rewarding
Mail on Sunday
We just don’t get female characters like this often enough on stage, and certainly not fronting a play as ambitious as this
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a twenty minute interval. This production includes smoking.
Writer Ella Hickson
Direction Carrie Cracknell
Design Vicki Mortimer
Movement Direction Joseph Alford
Lighting Lucy Carter
Dramaturg Jenny Worton
Associate Lighting Designer Max Narula
Composition Stuart Earl
Sound Peter Rice
Video Luke Halls
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Resident Director Taio Lawson
Costume Supervision Claire Wardroper