An Enemy of the People - Playground Theatre

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Drama - Off-West End - Shows

Adapted and directed by Jolley Gosnold, Henrik Ibsen's play gets an energetic, fresh and relevant new treatment bringing the text crashing into 21st Century London.
An Enemy of the People at The Playground Theatre

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Henrik Ibsen's play, An Enemy of the People, will be at the Playground Theatre (in the shadow of Grenfell Tower) from 2 to 23 July, with press night on July 5th.

The production, directed and adapted by Jolley Gosnold, sees an angry, political and personal story playing out between a company of some of the country's finest up and coming actors from stage and screen, in a story where a whistleblowing expert fights against the majority when politicians put power and profit before public safety.

3 years on from the Brexit vote and 2 years on from Grenfell, the play questions the effectiveness of our democracy when we trust an uninformed majority and reject the advice of experts, and cries out against the establishment who put profit before public safety.

Jolley Gosnold's thrilling, energetic, fresh and relevant new version promises to bring Ibsen's text crashing into 21st Century London, with a cast that reflects the diverse community of Kensington and Chelsea.

The director commented ...

"This is such a vital piece of theatre, we're performing the play with an incredibly talented and diverse young cast.

We have a responsibility to the victims and survivors of Grenfell fire, and the wider community.

This play is for them.

This is keeping the conversation going, when it is continuing to be forgotten by politicians."

An Enemy of the People is presented by Here Now Ensemble who believe theatre should be available to all.

Therefore, top price tickets are £22.

There are discounts available for students, OAPs, Under 18s, Local Residents and Drama/Theatre Students.

There are also £15 Early Bird Tickets for every performance, and the production will be teaming up with charities, community groups and arts organisations to ensure the play reaches a diverse audience that might not normally go to the theatre.

The Playground Theatre, formerly a bus depot, was set up as a creative space for innovative theatre artists of all disciplines to come and "play" with their imaginative ideas.

As a registered charity with support from the Arts Council, The Welcome Trust, Esmee Fairbarn and others, numerous projects, initiated here, went on to venues such as The Young Vic, The Hampstead Theatre, The West Yorkshire Playhouse and many others.


A whistleblower fights against the majority when the powerful put profit before public safety.

This thrilling, energetic, and fresh new version of Henrik Ibsen's fierce political masterpiece is updated for the here and now.

Grenfell should have changed everything.

But nothing ever changes.

No more waiting.

No more hoping.

No more letting ourselves be distracted.

Break and enter.

Put untruth back in its place.

Believe in what really makes sense.

Do what's right.

Force our way into the present.

Then the future.

Try. Fail this time. Try again. Fail better.

Persist. Attack. Build.

Keep on going.

Maybe one day we'll win.

But every day, a step forward.




Gabriel Akuwudike

Freddie Wise

Max Keeble

Olivier Huband

Hannah Van Der Westhuysen


Author: Henrik Ibsen - adapted by Jolley Gosnold
Director: Jolley Gosnold
Designer: Alys Whitehead
Production: Here Now Ensemble


The Playground Theatre
Unit 8
343-453 Latimer Rd
W10 6RQ


From: Tuesday 2 July 2019

Closes: Tuesday 23 July 2019




Concession £15

Standard: £22


Concession (over 60, unemployed, student)


Youth Concession (Under 18)


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