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4 December–22 December 2018

Redbeard Theatre


by Henry Naylor

Directed by Louise Skaaning with Michael Cabot

SAVE A THIRD when you also book for Henry Naylor’s Games, playing after Borders.

A celebrated war photographer, whose audience with Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11 shaped his career. A young Syrian, six months pregnant, on an aging fishing boat in the Mediterranean, sinking fast under the weight of refugees.

Through two alternating monologues, Borders provides an urgent, moving and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time.

Henry Naylor‘s play premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Fringe Award and a coveted Fringe First, before North American performances at the Spoleto Festival, Charleston, and New York Theatre Workshop in 2018.

WINNER of The Scotsman Fringe First Award

Post-show events

Thursday 13 December | taking place after Games, Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations, a post-show Q&A with the cast of both shows, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Free entry.

★★★★ “Naylor's dialogue is crisp and evocative
—The Independent
★★★★ He’s a skilful and proficient producer of hurtling, end-on, unadorned monologues
—The Stage
★★★★★ If there are more powerful performances on the Fringe this year, they must be few in number.
—The Reviews Hub
★★★★ The quality of Naylor’s writing is so vivid
—The Scotsman
★★★★ Borders is yet another masterpiece from Naylor
—The Wee Review
★★★★ A dark diagnosis of the refugee crisis
—The Skinny


Graham O'Mara

Sebastian Nightingale

Deniz Arixenas



Henry Naylor


Louise Skaaning with Michael Cabot
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £19 (£16 previews)
Value £15
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

SAVE A THIRD when you book for Borders and Games.

Monday - Saturday at 7pm. Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.
Press night: Friday 7 December, 7pm
Previews: 4–6 December


  • Students / 26 & under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard or Value seats
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 65 (no interval) minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Scenes of violence
    Adult Themes
    Graphic Nature
    Suggestion of intoxication

    Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Paul Sullivan —

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