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Abyss

by Maria Milisavljevic

Directed by Jacqui Honess-Martin

“MISSING. Karla Richter, 24. Was last seen before she left for the supermarket. Four days ago”

Pizza night. Karla runs to the shop, and doesn’t come home. Three friends begin a desperate search that takes them into the darkness of their past, where every trace of the missing girl tests their loyalties, loves and lies.

This exhilarating new play is a poetic thriller, a touching love story, and a powerful drama about exile, friendship and loss.

Maria Milisavljevic won the prestigious German Kleist Award for Young Dramatists in 2013 for Abyss. This is its UK premiere.

“An emotionally powerful thriller that rustles and whispers about loss” – Der Spiegel

★★★★ “A beautiful piece of writing” — Whats On Stage

★★★★ “sublime, poetical story telling” — Exeunt Magazine

★★★★ “Clever, pacey and fluid. We are carried along the plot so smoothly that we lose a sense of our own time and space.” — Everything Theatre

“Intense, gymnastic, and sharply drilled” — The Times

“Milisavljevic’s writing proves to be stand-out.” — London Theatre1

Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

UK premiere
Presented by arrangement with IPR Ltd, London in association with S. Fischer Verlage, Frankfurt


Pre-show discussion
7 April 2015 at 7.00pm
Hosted by theatre critic [Andrew Haydon](https://twitter.com/Postcards_Gods) with writer [Maria Milisavljevic](https://twitter.com/MARIAsTooCommon), and director [Jacqui Honess-Martin](https://twitter.com/JacquiHM).

Andrew Haydon is a freelance theatre critic/writer-about-theatre. He has worked for exciting internationalist places like the Guardian, Nachtkritik, Frakcija and Exeunt, and used to live in Berlin.
His account of British theatre in the 2000s is published by Methuen in Decades — Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009 (ed. Dan Rebellato), and forthcoming works include: ‘Katie Mitchell’s Greeks’ in ‘Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy’ and ‘A Brief History of Online Theatre Criticism’ in Duška Radosavljevic’s Methuen collection on critical approaches to performance.

Monday – Saturday evenings at 8pm
£17 / £12 concessions

Saturday matinees at 3:30pm
4 April, 11 April – £14 / £12 concessions
18 April, 25 April – £17 / £12 concessions

Opening performances (1-3 April) – All tickets £12
Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6pm – limited and subject to availability)
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes approximately (including interval)
Recommended for ages 14+
In Studio 2, seating is unallocated.

Cast

Nicola Kavanagh
Iain Batchelor
Jennifer English

Text

Maria Milisavljevic

Direction

Jacqui Honess-Martin

Designer

Lucy Sierra

Sound Designer

Tim Middleton

Movement Director

Anna Morrissey

Lighting Designer

Ziggy Jacobs

Production Manager

Ed Borgnis for Jamie Hendry Productions
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