Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate present

Trying it On

A brand new solo performance by David Edgar, about how our young selves might – and our old selves do – relate to each other. 

Written and performed by David Edgar

Directed by Christopher Haydon





Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate presents 

Trying it On

Written and performed by David Edgar
Directed by Christopher Haydon 

Supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

“Are we the same person? If not, why not? If so, can either of us bear it?”

It’s 1968. David is 20 and in his second year at University. It is the height of the world-wide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics and give focus to his writing.

Now in his 70s, he is confronted by his 20-year-old self. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that’s changed, or him?

Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out?

Running time: 85 minutes
Age guidance: 12+

David Edgar's plays have been presented by the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Destiny, Maydays, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol). After 50 years of writing, Trying It On (directed by Christopher Haydon) marks David’s professional debut as a performer.


“What happened to the Sgt Pepper generation?” asks the playwright David Edgar in this hugely stimulating one-man show… as charming as it is challenging” - The Times 


“David Edgar’s autobiographical analysis of recent social change is energised with humour and humility” - The Stage 


“A measured and moving show about activism, ageing, and the cyclical struggle against far-right populism” - Whatsonstage

“The playwright’s imagined confrontation with the political activist he was 50 years ago is a triumph of confessional courage – and relentless optimism … Quite simply, he demonstrates that a play can now be whatever its author wants it to be”. - Michael Billington, Guardian



Cast and Creative team

Written and Performed by David Edgar

Director | Christopher Haydon

Designer | Frankie Bradshaw

Lighting & Video Designer | William Reynolds

Sound Designer | Ella Wahlström

Stage Manager | Danielle Phillips

Production Manager | Katy Monroe Farlie

Deputy Production Manager | Mark Hannant

Produced by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate

Now Booking

23rd Jul 2019 - 24th Jul 2019Clapham Omnibus, London 
28th Jul 2019 - 24th Aug 2019Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 
3rd Sep 2019 - 7th Sep 2019Theatre Royal Bath  
24th Sep 2019 - 25th Sep 2019The North Wall, Oxford  
28th Sep 2019Aberystwyth Arts Centre 
2nd Oct 2019The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal  
5th Oct 2019Gulbenkian Studio, University of Kent 
8th Oct 2019 - 9th Oct 2019Warwick Arts Centre 
11th Oct 2019 - 13th Oct 2019Clapham Omnibus, London 
16th Oct 2019 - 20th Oct 2019Tobacco Factory, Bristol  
22nd Oct 2019Northcott Theatre, Exeter 
26th Oct 2019York University Theatre 
28th Oct 2019Derby Theatre 
31st Oct 2019University of East Anglia Studio