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Privilege, politics and free speech examined in Posh

POSH - Richard Lakos

Nottingham Playhouse February 13th to 28th 2015

As Britain prepares for a General Election, Nottingham Playhouseand Salisbury Playhouse are presenting a timely co-production of Laura Wade’s biting political comedy Posh.

Drawing inspiration from Oxford University’s elitist Bullingdon Club, which counts David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson amongst its former members, Posh is a hilarious and razor-sharp look at the connections between privilege and politics.

After a series of unfavourable press articles forced them to lay low, the 10 members of The Riot Club have reunited in a country gastro pub with the aim of getting totally ‘chateaued’. But as the evening progresses and the drink flows, things get disastrously out of hand with the dark side of wealth and excess becoming brutally exposed.

Posh has an all-female creative team and is directed by Susannah Tresilian, designed by Ellan Parry, with sound by Isobel Waller-Bridge, who has composed a specially commissioned requiem for the production, and lighting by Alexandra Stafford-Marshall.

“Political theatre, particularly when it is funny – which this play is – can be at best a source of revolution through entertainment,” said Susannah. “But in the shadow of Charlie Hebdo and Raif Badawi sentenced to one thousand lashes for promoting free speech in Saudi Arabia, we can only take this satire – and the fact that we can stage it – seriously.  I look forward immensely to seeing you there, generating that discussion, and exercising our right to speak freely.”

Laura Wade’s highly acclaimed play brings into focus the sense of entitlement amongst members of the ruling classes, highlighting what Boris Johnson himself described as “superhuman arrogance, toffishness and twitishness.”

“I’m delighted that Nottingham and Salisbury Playhouses are producing the regional premiere of Posh.  No doubt class, privilege and power will continue to be big issues this year, and I look forward to the debate continuing in the theatre foyer,” said Laura.“It’s great that a whole new audience will get to peek behind the door into the heady world of the Riot Club.”

This new co-production is the regional premiere of Posh which opened at the Royal Court in London in 2010 before transferring to the West End two years later.  Laura Wade also adapted it for the 2014 film The Riot Club.

The cast includes Tom Palmer, Jordan Metcalfe, Simon Haines, Tom Clegg, Phil Labey, Tom Hanson, Kaffe Keating, Dario Coates, Robbie Jarvis, Jamie Satterthwaite, Joanne Evans, Laurence Kennedy, Neil Caple and Charlotte Brimble.

For more information, interviews with the cast and creative teams, photographs or ticket requests please contact Jo McLeish at Nottingham Playhouse on 0115 8736242 JoM@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Notes to editors

Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the United Kingdom’s leading producing theatres since our foundation in 1948. We welcome over 110,000 customers through our doors each year and create productions large and small: timeless classics, enthralling family shows and adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally. In 2013 we marked our 50th anniversary in our current home. During those 50 years the Playhouse stage has played host to many outstanding performers and helped create a generation of dedicated theatre goers. Recent notable productions include 1984, Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus and Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. To find out more about our work please see nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or call 0115 941 9419.

 

 

Posted on 02 February 2015

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