POENA 5X1 by Abbie Spallen
Or How I Came To Agree With Right-Wing ThinkingBook Tickets
Underbelly Med Quad
Edinburgh EH8 9AG
3-29 August 2016 (not 17)
A world premiere
by Abbie Spallen
“The theatrical contemporary to Black Mirror and Mr Robot.” (Time Out)
“The potentially award-winning Cathy Conneff.” (British Theatre Guide)
“If you liked the ethical dilemmas raised in Dennis Kelly’s Utopia, you’ll find Poena 5X1 a rewarding and thoroughly entertaining play to watch.” (Female Arts)
★★★★★ Female Arts, Ben Huxley blog
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, The Edinburgh Reporter, Broadway Baby.
Directed by Robert Shaw
Designed by Gillian Argo
Lighting by Conleth White
Music by Tarik O’Regan
“Profit always simplifies things. It appeals to the simple.”
Sex, politics and the power of love.
Bryony Adams is an idealistic government scientist working to create a new and humane form of punishment, within a justice system crippled by prison overcrowding.
But when a cabinet minister with a reputation tries to exploit her idealism for profit, she feels betrayed. Her response is extreme and unexpected. It will have devastating consequences for her and those she loves.
Brilliant multi-award-winning Abbie Spallen‘s controversial new play, commissioned and directed for Inside Intelligence by Robert Shaw, is a tense, highly provocative Scandi noir thriller with a fierce political edge… and one final terrifying twist.
POENA 5X1 has specially composed music by twice Grammy-nominated Tarik O’Regan, described by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the leading British composers of his generation”.
Abbie Spallen is a renowned writer, actor and film producer. Her awards as a writer include the Stewart Parker major award, The Tony Doyle award, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Clare McIntyre Bursary from The Royal Court, the Peggy Ramsay award, the Dublin City Council Bursary for Literature and the HALMA Foundation award for excellence in the European arts.
“Very accomplished and exciting. We are huge fans of Abbie’s work.” (Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre)
“Gripping, enormously relevant and impressive. I particularly like the fact that it’s an overtly political story that places a woman centre stage in exploring issues of global significance.” (Rosie Kellagher, Literary Associate, Traverse Theatre)
“I really enjoyed the play and am delighted it is going on in Edinburgh.” (Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, Royal Court Theatre; former Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland)
“A play with a fascinating premise. There’s a memorable and often startling theatricality to the language. This is clever writing, and the quality is sustained throughout. It’s a really singular piece of writing and a testament to Abbie’s skill.” (Jessica Traynor, Literary Manager, Abbey Theatre, Dublin)
Generously sponsored by Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, The Ancaster Trust, Tom Stoppard.