Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, which seeks to analyse the government’s culpability and reckless endangerment of the people they govern, comes to The Playground Theatre, London, next month in a new, diverse, modern adaptation by Jolley Gosnold.
A whistle-blowing expert fights against the majority when politicians put power and profit before public safety.
Three years on from the Brexit vote, and two years since Grenfell, An Enemy of the People questions the effectiveness of democracy when we trust an uninformed majority and reject the advice of experts.
And it cries out against the establishment who put profit before public safety.
Gosnold’s thrilling, energetic, fresh and relevant new version brings Ibsen’s text crashing into 21st Century London, with a cast the reflects the diverse community of Kensington and Chelsea.
Playing at one of London’s newest Off-West End Theatres this angry, political and personal story plays out between a company of some of the country’s finest up-and-coming actors from stage and screen.
“This is such a vital piece of theatre, ” said Gosnold, who also directs. “We’re performing the play with an incredibly talented and diverse young cast.
“We have a responsibility to the victims and survivors of Grenfell fire, and the wider community. This play is for them. This is keeping the conversation going, when it is continuing to be forgotten by politicians.”
An Enemy of the People runs at The Playground Theatre from July 2 – 23.