Arcola Theatre and Primate Productions
By Patrick Marmion
Directed by Oscar Pearce
13 February – 9 March
A South African gunrunner turned Buddhist monk.
A gullible startup millionaire.
His radical feminist ex wife.
Their aid worker daughter.
The young British Muslim she met in Syria.
An ethical Serbian hitman.
And an unstable Brazilian cleaner.
Modern Britain. Moral chaos. Total nightmare.
Playwright Patrick Marmion says,
‘I wanted to write a comedy about the head-spinning madness and recrimination of life in modern Britain. I thought Molière might help so I eviscerated him and threw in a supernatural con man inspired Euripides’s Dionysus. Keith? is what emerged. I hope it goes some way to capturing the way we’re all walking on eggshells, terrified of giving offence, suspicious of anyone who crosses our path and panic stricken ourselves lest we be exposed for some unknown indiscretion or thought crime. Luckily life isn’t nearly as bad as we’re supposed to think it is.’
Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations | Thursday 28 February: a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Free entry.
Will we ever get along? A discussion of social politics in modern Britain | Saturday 9 March: Patrick Marmion’s play Keith? is a satire of the mistrustful mess the world seems to have become, but have people always been as suspicious of each other as they seem to be today? Is it a quirk of the modern world that too many people seem to thrill on berating others on what their are, or are not? What happened to our common humanity – isn’t it time we gave each other a break? Join us for this free panel discussion after the 3pm matinee.
Meet the panel:
Bec Martin-Williams a director, theatre-maker and activist, interested in representation and inclusion in the arts and systemic barriers to access and histories of censorship.
Ella Whelan is a spiked columnist and the author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism.
Patrick Marmion is a playwright, critic, speaker and teacher. Previous plays at the Arcola include an adaptation of Will Self’s novel Great Apes and The Divided Laing.
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Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.
Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm
Wednesday 6 March matinee, 3.00pm
Press night: Monday 18 February, 7.30pm
Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Running time: 100 minutes approximately (including interval).
Scenes of a violent nature
Pulsing lights [no strobe]
Suitable for 14+
Press enquiries: Freya Cowdry (Kate Morley PR) — firstname.lastname@example.org