An obscene, ink-black comedy about tax havens, greed and the few who have it all. From Stage Award winner and Olivier Award and Offie nominee Caroline Horton (You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, Mess, Penelope Retold).
Caroline Horton and Co with China Plate and the Bush Theatre present
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and Harlow Playhouse
The rules are important.
Our job is to maximize the size of the “cherry” pie.
Yours is to be quiet. Shhh. DON’T SCRATCH.
Islands - an obscene, ink-black comedy about tax havens, greed and the few who have it all. Olivier nominee Caroline Horton (Chrissy, Mess, Penelope Retold) and her foul ensemble plunge us into a monstrous world where no-one has to pay… for anything.
Islands spits in the face of polite, political debate. Incandescent with rage, it hurls out images of the putrid end-times of ultimate freedom and the rotten, violent underbelly of offshore finance.
Created in consultation with Tax Justice Network.
“...the year’s most talked about piece of theatre” - Andrew Haydon
Islands has been developed in consultation with specialist economic advisers including John Christensen of The Tax Justice Network. Funded by Arts Council England and kindly supported by the Unity Theatre Trust and developed with the support of Oxford Playhouse, the Peggy Ramsey Foundation, National Theatre Studio and South Street Arts Centre. Developed through Fuel’s Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park, which are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Suitable for 14+
★★★★★ “Caroline Horton’s daring drama is revolutionary…a most gutsy and searching production.” A Younger Theatre
★★★★ “Audacious, brutal,scatological and not for the squeamish, the excellent ensemble of bouffons and camp queens leave stains wherever they land, and they're hard to remove. They lampoon apathy and complacent anti-voters in fine lusty voice…The kind of agit-prop it didn't seem possible to make anymore.” The List
★★★★ “deeply challenging, extremely entertaining and a little gross.” Broadway Baby
“A disgusting, exuberant, foul, eloquent, lavatorial piece of popular theatre mashed up with performance art.” Dan Rebellato
“The year’s most talked about piece of theatre” Andrew Haydon
“What you see, hear, and smell is a playful, overblown, monstrous journey” Total Theatre
“By the end of the first week, a real debate had started. Thoughtful, enthusiastic blogs appeared…reviewers published discussions among themselves; twitter was full of fierce responses from both camps. As the weeks passed…the rebellious bouffon spirit grew; we revelled in the debate, feeling more mischievous than ever.” Caroline Horton’s on Islands, The Guardian.
Follow this link to read the full reviewers debate published by Exeunt. Click here.
“The closing week of this year’s festival sees three separate performances arrive in Edinburgh which promise to go beyond simple investigation of a political issue. Fans of theatre that is angry and unafraid of taking a side should be excited.” The Scotsman
Original songs and music
JOHN BIDDLE, SEIRIOL DAVIES
Additional arrangements and composition
LUCY SKILBECK (BBC Fellowship Scheme)
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|14th Nov 2014 - 15th Nov 2014||Live Theatre, Newcastle (previews)|
|19th Nov 2014 - 20th Nov 2014||Warwick Arts Cemtre (previews)|
|15th Jan 2015 - 21st Feb 2015||Bush Theatre (premiere)|
|22nd Aug 2015 - 29th Aug 2015||Summerhall, Edinburgh|