“But don’t say that word.”
“The word that starts with B.”
Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night.
They don’t want violence. They just want to be heard. Prison’s not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside.
But José Miguel is from another generation, and he’s committed to change by any means possible.
‘We used to kill kings. We used to kill millionaires. And now all we do is make threats on the Internet. That’s why I’m offering you the chance to start a war.’
Acclaimed Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón makes his Royal Court debut with the world premiere of his play B, exploring what revolutionary violence means to two different generations.
B is written on a residency with the International Department and presented as part of International Playwrights: a Genesis Foundation Project. It will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard.
“The Chilean-born writer and director Guillermo Calderón is an authentic genius of the theatre.” The New Yorker
B will run alongside Victory Condition in nightly rep, allowing us to programme more work and create flexible show times. Get Band A seats at Band B prices when you book a ticket for both B and Victory Condition in one transaction (making Band A seats just £22).
See the performance timetable for weeks commencing Mon 9 and Mon 16 Oct here
International Playwrights : A Genesis Foundation Project
“Enlightening about the varied impulses behind urban violence”
The Guardian | Michael Billington Read full review
“This grotesque, darkly funny new play… A startling, stylish and suspenseful piece... The writing has a dash of Pinter, Chris Morris' Four Lions and even Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs with its menace, its blend of the comic, grisly and grotesque, and its confused, conflicting deceptions"
The Stage | Sam Marlowe Read full review
“An abstracted, philosophical cousin of Chris Morris' Four Lions”
WhatsOnStage | Matt Trueman Read full review
“A wonderfully surreal touch… A reminder that here Calderón is writing in the great British imaginative tradition of Caryl Churchill”
The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz
Morning Star | Leonardo Boix
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
7pm 28, 29 & 30 Sep & 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 21 Oct
9pm 14, 16, 18, 19, 20 Oct
2.30pm 12 & 21 Oct
Running time: approx 1 hour 15 mins
Age guidance: 14+
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