“A thousand people are taking a sip of coffee within the city limits of Johannesburg, each unaware of the other doing it, each one necessarily thinking they are the only one.”
An attempt to get to grips with the fact that everything happens at once.
And to see if there’s anything we can do about it.
“Find the connection between where you are and where I am. Open up the space between us and do something.”
Chris Thorpe returns to the Royal Court with new play Victory Condition directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.
Victory Condition is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Victory Condition is also supported by Cockayne Grant for the Arts, a donor advised fund of The London Community Foundation.
Victory Condition will run alongside B 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.
See the performance timetable for weeks commencing Mon 9 and Mon 16 Oct here
Wed 18 Oct, 8:45pm (free but ticketed)
Dialogue Club works like a book group: see the show in your own time, then come and discuss what you thought with other audience members over drinks.
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“Chris Thorpe’s spooky, unsettling and beautiful play about connections across worlds”
Tim Bano | The Stage Read full review
“A powerful piece of new writing – and a stunning evocation of the nihilistic reality of the contemporary world”
Aleks Sierz | The Arts Desk Read full review
"As the actors – both mesmerising – go about their business they spout increasingly disturbing monologues, never allowing what they say to affect what they do"
Connor Campbell | The Upcoming Read full review
“Compelling, beautifully written… Buzzes around your brain”
Holly Williams | The Independent Read full review
"Vicky Featherstone’s production sustains the tension, while Jonjo O’Neill and Sharon Duncan-Brewster both deliver challenging soliloquies and deftly keep up the weird sense of disjunction"
Sarah Hemming | Financial Times Read full review
Thorpe’s “texts grab you by the throat and force you to face up to life's horrors”
Matt Trueman | WhatsOnStage Read full review
“Thought-provoking, intelligent and baffling… It’s what the Royal Court does best, stylishly directed here by Vicky Featherstone”
Mark Beech | Blouinartinfo Read full review
"Chris Thorpe’s Victory Condition is brilliant... I don’t remember the last time I saw a naturalistic play so well done, let alone a supernaturalist play like this"
Andrew Haydon | Postcards from the Gods Read full review
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
7pm 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 19 & 20 Oct
9pm 10, 11, 12, 13, 17 & 21 Oct
2.30pm 14 & 19 Oct
Running time: approx 1 hour
Age guidance: 14+
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