Trying It On

A new play written and performed by David Edgar, which reflects on the legacy of the worldwide student revolt of 1968.
Trying It On at The Royal Court Theatre

Image: China Plate


Genre: Drama
Venue: The Royal Court Theatre
Started: Wednesday 24 October 2018
Closed: Saturday 27 October 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: 14+


David Edgar's plays have been presented by the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Destiny, Maydays, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol).

After 50 years of writing, Trying It On (directed by Christopher Haydon) marks David's debut as a performer.


"Are we the same person?

If not, when and why not?

If so, can either of us bear it?"

It's 1968.

David is 20 and in his second year at University.

It is the height of the world-wide student revolt.

The Vietnam war rages.

Powell delivers his "rivers of blood" speech.

Martin Luther King is assassinated.

These events will define David's politics and give focus to his writing.

It's 50 years on.

The 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they share the same beliefs?

If not, is it the world that's changed, or him?

Why did his generation vote Brexit?

Has he sold in or sold out?

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Previews from:Wednesday 24 October 2018

Closes:Saturday 27 October 2018

Performance days & times


Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm



From £25


David Edgar


Author: David Edgar
Director: Christopher Haydon
Designer: Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting: William Reynolds
Sound: Ella Wahlström
Video designer: William Reynolds
Production: China Plate

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