06 Aug 2010 - 07 Aug 2010

The Red Helicopter


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Remember the Exodus? Bad Tuesday. London went mad….That day, hope collapsed….people turned into animals. Somebody had to do something.

It’s 2072 and following a cataclysmic economic and social decline, the UK has been abandoned by its inhabitants in a mass exodus.

Almost everyone got out. The only people left were society’s outcasts – the criminals, the mentally ill, the unwanted children.

In a disused office somewhere in the ghost city of London lives a group of twenty young people.

They were all children in care. Either abandoned or orphaned, nobody loved them enough to take them on a plane and get them out of the country. Now they live in their own little society – a society that has survived, thanks to the organisational and political skill of their charismatic leader, a sixteen year old who calls himself “daddy”.

Daddy is a ruthless operator, whose rule is marked by superstition, violence and fear.

This is the story of the rebellion that topples him.

The Red Helicopter has been written by Robin French in response to workshops with the Young Friend of the Almeida LAB participants aged 15 - 22, who explored the Almeida Theatre's season of plays from Judgment Day through to Ruined to find the resonances and relevance to their own lives.


Dates & Tickets

Friday 6 August 7.30pm
Saturday 7 August 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Robin studied modern and medieval languages at Cambridge University and playwriting on the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme. He was chosen by The Observer as one of the country's most promising talents and is currently under commission from Paines Plough.

Plays include: Bear Hug (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and subsequent productions in Italy, Germany, Ireland and Poland); Africa and Pigeon (Flight 5065 on the London Eye); Breakfast Hearts/Choirplay (Theatre 503), Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall).

Television includes: co-writing with Evening Standard critic Kieron Quirke: Trinity (eight part drama, ITV2); Roommates (13 part sitcom, ABC Family USA); Bash (sitcom pilot); script editor on two series of Man Stroke Woman for Golden Globe winning producer Ash Atalla.

Robin has twice been named a 'hot-shot writer' by Broadcast magazine.

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Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes. No interval.