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The National Theatre gets political with My Country: A Work in Progress

Arts, Lifestyle

The National Theatre gets political with My Country: A Work in Progress

6 months ago
By Omar Balde

When politics meets the theatre…

After the EU referendum, the National Theatre went around the country to listen to the voice of the people, getting to know their views about the referendum, about the UK, and more importantly about the future.

Rufus Norris, the Director of the National Theatre, and the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy picked up these real stories and created My Country; A Work in Progress.

This play gets the voice of the people in the centre of the stage, using six characters with each one of them representing different regions of the country. Rufus Norris said, “One of my ambitions for the National Theatre is to make it truly national and through collaboration, embrace the creativity and opinion around the UK.”

This play will do just that, as it will go on tour around the UK and Holland from 27th of March till the 1st of July. For the actors, they had to watch all the interviews of the region that they represent. They said that you get to understand why people vote to leave, that it is something much more personal and that we might think.

“There are more than 50 shades of grey in the grey area,” said one of the actors.

These are the shades of grey that this play wants the public to know about. The play will be at the Dorfman Theatre from the 28th of February till 22nd of March.