Living Archive Vol. 1

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Wed 29 Jun - Sat 09 Jul 2022

Join us for the first enquiry in an ongoing series; two weeks of live work and events seeking to find an alternative archival lens.

Living Archive aims to reject the historical notion of what an archive is; a new portal that reimagines the history of the Royal Court in order to redefine its future.

Encouraging radical thought and imagination, it resists the idea of ‘canon’ and instead, will bring attention to work which has been erased or not been brought to the attention of our audiences and writers.

Both universal and specific to the Royal Court, it will be fun, interactive, exploratory and conversational.

Each event will have a different ‘Guest Archivist’ who will use their personal perspective to inform the focus through which the work is captured.

“Born as an idea through discussions with our artists and associates, Living Archive is a vital new strand of our work. Who gets to decide what is remembered and what is archived. What has been forgotten and what should have existed. Many brilliant people have fed into the idea of what this can be. It’s our ambition that we begin a whole new interactive portal which explores past work for the future and teaches us how to document and share what we do. This work will never be finished.”

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director

It is a cumulative experiment and an ongoing commitment to digitising our work and making it fully accessible. All questions and learning will inform the development of a new digital archive.


Living Archive Vol. 1

Living Archive: Human Highlights

Wed 29 Jun, 7.45pm

Gorilla’s, Floods and Pot Noodles: Life as a Stage Manager at the Royal Court

Cast: Philip Arditti, Lena Kaur, Martina Laird, Sarah Malin


Living Archive: New

Tash Brown & Joel Tan | Thu 30 Jun & Fri 1 Jul, 7.45pm

Lie. Stir. Repeat. written and performed by Tash Brown

Directed by Nastazja Domaradzka

Collect, Cumin, Coriander, Chardonnay, and Cashews by Joel Tan

Directed by Izzy Rabey

Cast: William Gao & Letty Thomas


Living Archive: Re-Balance

Sat 2 Jul, 7.45pm

A reading in celebration of Under the Sun by Sylvia Wynter acquired by the Royal Court in 1958.

Directed by Jasmine Lee-Jones.

Cast: Mara Allen, Mensah Bediako, Doreene Blackstock, Chanté Faucher, Llewella Gideon, Hayden McLean, Clare Perkins, Susan Lawson Reynolds, Raphael Sowole, Luke Wilson 


Living Archive: New

Zia Ahmed & Anchuli Felicia King | Thu 7 & Fri 8 July, 7.45pm

Recovery position by Zia Ahmed

Directed by Izzy Rabey

Cast: Dinita Gohil

Ephemera by Anchuli Felicia King

Directed by Alessandra Davison

Cast: Aoife Gaston, Terique Jarrett, Patrick McNamee, Shala Nyx

All the writers began with questions around what archive means to them, and what it could be.


Living Archive: Imagine

Sat 9 Jul, 7.45pm

Highlights, snippets and surprising archival material from Royal Court plays that don’t exist, but that writers wish did.

Writers: Josh Elliott, Amy Bethan Evans, Deborah Pearson, Daniel York Loh

Cast: Doreene Blackstock, Déja Bowers, Stefan Chanyaem, Adam Fenton, Amy Forrest, Anna Leong Brophy

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Wed – Sat: 7.45pm

Please note that all performances will be filmed for online sharing. Please let Box Office know when booking if you would prefer not to be seen on camera.

We support audience members, unless medically exempt, to wear face coverings throughout the venue and in the auditorium, out of respect for others, and in support of the cast. Read full details about your visit to the Royal Court here.

Join us for multiple events in our programme and save: book 3 or more tickets, and get 20% off.*

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*Valid on full price tickets. Offer ends 9 July.



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