By Adam Brace
Directed By Michael Longhurst
Tickets £10 - £38
What can we do for the worst thing in the world?
The Democratic Republic of Congo. Home to the deadliest conflict since World War II.
London. Home to a festival to raise awareness of the Congo. (That is, if Stef can get the festival off the ground).
Featuring an ensemble cast and a live band performing original music inspired by the Congo, Adam Brace's hilarious and anarchic new play unpacks the problems of doing something good about something bad. Following their collaboration on Stovepipe, (Sunday Times' 10 Best Theatre Events of the Decade) Michael Longhurst (Carmen Disruption) returns to the Almeida to direct.
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.
Production photography by Marc Brenner.
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including one interval of 20 minutes.
Previews Fri 12 - Thurs 18 Aug
Press Night Tue 23 Aug 7.00pm
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 27 Aug
Wed matinees 2.30pm 24, 31 Aug, 7, 14 Sep
Day seats are available from 24 Aug
Mon 19 Sep
Post-show discussion with members of the They Drink It In The Congo company.
Mon 22 Aug
Pre-show talk at 6.30pm. Please note that this will take place in the rehearsal room in our administration offices at 108 Upper Street, N1 QN not in the auditorium.
Audio Described Performances
Sat 10 Sep 2.30pm
(Touch Tour 12.45pm)
Tue 20 Sep 7.30pm
(Touch Tour 6pm)
Thurs 15 Sep 7.30pm
Wed 21 Sep 1.30pm
A Relaxed Performance is specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. People have the freedom to come and go as necessary and a chill-out area is provided for those who need a quiet space. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to light and sound effects. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
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Fri 12 - Sat 20 Aug
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £23 for the opening performances* of each production
Mon 29 Aug, Mon 5 & Mon 26 Sep
£5 Mondays for Under 25s. Proof of age ID will be required on collecting the tickets. Tickets are limited and subject to availability.
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*subject to availability
Listen to our Congo-inspired playlist.
Theatre includes: Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); Arcadia; Tonight at 8.30 (English Touring Theatre); Separate Tables; Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse); Private Lives (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Theatre); Foxfinder; The Precariat (The Finborough); The Importance of Being Earnest (Rose Theatre, Kingston) The Great Gatsby; Edmond (Wilton’s Music Hall); Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival) Amy's View (Nottingham Playhouse); Liberty; Much Ado about Nothing; The Merchant of Venice; Holding Fire (Shakespeare's Globe); The School for Scandal (Park Theatre); The Rivals (Theatre Royal, Bath) Plunder (Watermill); Othello (Cheek by Jowl); King Lear (RSC)
Television includes: Father Brown; Foyles War; Silent Witness.
Film includes: Chicken.
Writer Adam Brace
Direction Michael Longhurst
Design Jon Bausor
Composer & Musical Director Michael Henry
Lighting Jack Knowles
Sound Giles Thomas
Movement Direction Diane Alison-Mitchell
Dialect Zabarjad Salam
Translation & Dialect Consultant
Casting Anna Cooper
Resident Director Taio Lawson
Costume Supervision Sydney Florence