Gate Theatre opens 2018 with ground-breaking international productions

Actor Nina Bowers will play over 20 characters in Gate Theatre’s new production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Anna Deavere Smith’s ground-breaking piece of verbatim theatre that is directed by Ola Ince.

And Jude Christian, associate artist at the Gate, will direct and perform in Trust, an anarchic celebration of broken relationships, complex negotiations and the tyranny of capitalism, by Falk Richter.

Artistic Director Ellen McDougall said: “Nina Bowers and Ola Ince are two thrilling new talents – they have formed an incredible partnership to present this essential verbatim piece.

“Jude Christian is one of the most exciting artists currently working in theatre, and will direct and perform in her production of Trust.”

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. This is a city at war with its own children.

When the policemen, accused of assaulting young, black taxi driver, Rodney King, were acquitted, deadly riots broke out across LA, laying bare the recurring pattern of racial oppression and police brutality in America.

Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people – from police commissioners to Rodney King’s family – about those devastating few days in the summer of 1992. These are their words.

Nina Bowers made her acting debut in Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty for Complicite. She wrote and co-devised Nina Talks About Her Values which was performed at Camden People’s Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe 2017. She is a co-founder of the theatre duo Two Much Company.

Anna Deavere Smith, also an actor, is perhaps best known for playing Nancy McNally in The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus in Nurse Jackie.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 runs at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, from January 11 to February 3.

It is followed by Trust, Falk Richter’s anarchic celebration of broken relationships, complex negotiations and the tyranny of capitalism.

Jude Christian uses the theatre space in a completely new way for her production that asks the question: “Are we really going to settle for a system that we can’t trust?”

The cast will include Pia Laborde Noguez, whose recent credits include The Tempest at Norwich and Norfolk Festival and Zephryn Taitte who has also recently appeared on stage in The Tempest at the Stafford Shakespeare Festival.

It’s about me. It’s not about you.

Leave or stay? Speak up or keep silent? Slam the door or keep the peace? Walk out tonight or stick it out for another week, a month, a year?

Drain your bank account and get out while you still can or keep on saving for the holiday, the house, the car? Destroy all existing structures and begin entirely again – or get hitched to the person who betrayed you?

Begin a revolution or just keep calm and carry on – things aren’t so bad, are they?

Falk Richter is one of the most important German playwrights and directors of his generation. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and produced all over the world.

Trust runs from February 22 to March 17.

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