The Sword of Alex at the White Bear Theatre
Thursday 6 September 2018
London Fringe - Shows
The Sword of Alex, by award-winning playwright Rib Davis and starring Kate Terence, Georgia Winters, Patrick Regis and DK Ugonna, examines how identity fares in the struggle between the political and the personal.
Image: White Bear Theatre
In the clash between the political and the personal, The Sword of Alex by award-winning playwright Rib Davis examines how identity fares in the struggle.
The play will be at the White Bear Theatre from 18 September to 6 October, starring Kate Terence, Georgia Winters, Patrick Regis and DK Ugonna.
About the playwright
Rib Davis began his writing career in documentary theatre at The Living Archive Project.
He has now worked in oral history-based theatre for over 30 years.
He has worked extensively in radio (his many plays include Corridor and A Few Kind Words, and series include Unwritten Law) as well writing for television (including for The Bill).
His non-documentary stage play No Further Cause for Concern, about a prison riot, won an Edinburgh Fringe First award before he went on to adapt it for television.
His best-selling book Writing Dialogue for Scripts is now in its 4th edition.
Mr Davis is currently holder of the Goodison Fellowship at the British Library.
Photo: cast of The Sword of Alex
About the cast
Kate Terence has performed with the RSC and the Globe, and appeared on screens in Bad Girls and The Kindness of Strangers.
Georgia Winters is a member of the Actors Ensemble theatre company and appeared in the film Jupiter Ascending.
Patrick Regis received the Best Newcomer Award at the Screen Nations Awards, and has since appeared in Hard Sun for the BBC, and will be appearing in the second season of Snatch.
DK Ugonna originated the role Vartan Sarafian in a new play Paradise Road (Tales Retold) at the Sheffield Library Theatre this year, played Othello (Lights of London) at the Moor's Bar Theatre in Crouch End in 2017.
You'd never defeat me in politics, not in the politics of left and right.
But it's a hell of a lot easier to get people to fight over identity than it is over ideas.
Isn't that right?
A country on the verge of civil war as a region attempts to break away from the state.
Two versions of nationalism clash head-on.
Two leaders and their nations pitted against each other.
Each must destroy the other's version of history.
But families are no less tribal than nations.
As the great games are played out at national level, so too are domestic power struggles.
This is a play that brings together national destiny, gender politics and the very ideas of identity and belonging.
Come back in ten years. Or twenty. Or when you're dead.
That's always a good time to be forgiven.
I think it's called a pardon.
Calantha - Kate Terence
Gina - Georgia Winters
Antonio - Patrick Regis
Karl - DK Ugonna
Author: Rib Davis
Director: Brian Woolland
Designer: Alys Whitehead
Lighting: Chuma Emembolu
Sound: Chuma Emembolu
Production: Beyon the Pale Theatre Company in association with The White Bear Theatre
From: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Closed: Saturday 6 October 2018
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