Trying It On

A new play written and performed by David Edgar, which reflects on the legacy of the worldwide student revolt of 1968.


Genre: Drama
Venue: Omnibus Theatre
Starts: Tuesday 23 July 2019
Closes: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: 16+

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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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Omnibus Theatre

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1 Clapham Common Northside
London SW4 0QW

Box office tel: 020 7498 4699

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Previews from:Tuesday 23 July 2019

Closes:Wednesday 24 July 2019

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm





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Access information

All performance spaces and facilities are fully wheelchair‑accessible.


David Edgar


Author: David Edgar
Director: Christopher Haydon
Video designer: William Reynolds
Production: Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate

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