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2 November–26 November 2016

Arcola Theatre in association with Nick of Time Productions and Jemima Khan

Drones, Baby, Drones

by David Greig, Ron Hutchinson and Christina Lamb

Directed by Nicolas Kent and Mehmet Ergen

War isn’t what it used to be.

“From now on, it’s drones, baby, drones” – Robert Gates, former U.S. Defense Secretary

Three outstanding writers. Two interlinking plays. One vital tale of power, sex and infighting at the top of the Washington establishment, and its far-reaching repercussions. As Barack Obama prepares to leave office, this world premiere double bill probes behind the scenes of America’s controversial drone wars, and asks what they will mean for our future.

This Tuesday
5a.m. A CIA director learns shocking news about her daughter. A White House security adviser sleeps with an intern. A Pentagon General works out in the gym. This Tuesday, in an hour, they have a vital decision to make.

The Kid
Wednesday. A missile hits a wedding in Pakistan. 7000 miles away, two drone operators begin their celebration. Pushing the button was the start. If only it were the end…

Nicolas Kent, former Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, directs This Tuesday by Emmy winner and Olivier nominee Ron Hutchinson (Moonlight and Magnolias, Rat in the Skull) and Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb (Nujeen, I Am Malala, Farewell Kabul). Then Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen directs The Kid by multi award-winning playwright David Greig (The Events, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Post-show discussions

  • Saturday 5 November – the second of Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations, after the matinee performance
  • Thursday 10 November – Christina Lamb (Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Sunday Times) and Omran Belhadi (Reprieve). Chaired by director Nicolas Kent
  • Thursday 17 November – Richard Norton-Taylor (The Guardian) and Nicolas Kent
  • Tuesday 22 November –  Clive Stafford Smith (Reprieve) and Nicolas Kent. Chaired by Jack Gamble
Vigorously performed and efficiently directed by Nicolas Kent and Mehmet Ergen
—Evening Standard
Slick and persuasively performed ... evokes a passionate sense of our connection to one another
—The Times
Intelligent and gripping ... the strength of this double bill is that it refuses to let the British off the hook
—The Guardian
Richly drawn ... Greig's familiar dramatic eloquence ensures salient observations about drone warfare
—The Stage
Tunes into the peculiarities of a world in which people are either pixels or processing units
Engulfing ... totally thought provoking
—The Upcoming
Truthful ... nuanced and interesting look at the reality of the US and Britain’s wars
—Socialist Worker
The principal cast give standout performances ... Disturbing, thought-provoking, well-acted
—Stage Review
A play with an important point to make
A gripping and sobering evening
—The Peg
A damning insight into the minds of individuals faced with the task of operating war machines... a show for these times, and something that is totally thought provoking.
—Culture Theatre
Modestly and marvellously directed... a compelling and questioning drama
—Live Theatre Review
  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand

  • Photography by Simon Annand


Anne Adams
Joseph Balderrama
Sam Dale
Raj Ghatak
Tom McKay
Rose Reynolds


David Greig, Ron Hutchinson and Christina Lamb


Nicolas Kent and Mehmet Ergen


Lucy Sierra

Lighting and Video Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Designer

Neil McKeown

Production Manager

Ben Karakashian

Stage Manager

Sarah Julie Pujol


Marilyn Johnson

Costume Supervisor

Hanne Talbot

Literary Consultant

Jack Bradley
Tier A £19
Tier A (concession) £15
Tier B £14
Tier B (concession) £12
Tier C £10
Opening performances (2 - 3 November) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm
No performances Sunday.

Running time: 95 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Scenes of a sexual nature

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson — kevinwilsonpr@gmail.com

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