White Bear Theatre probes Peter Hamilton’s elegiac & absurd Poetry of Exile

From the pen of Peter Hamilton (Basildon, Bridlington and Playground) comes new play The Poetry of Exile which opens at Kennington’s White Bear Theatre in March.

In this new elegiac drama, Chinese transcendental poetry collides with questions of fertility, practicality and wine in Hamilton’s trademark absurdist writing style.

Rob is 30-years-old. His wife Lynn wants children, her sister Josie is pursuing her dream of becoming in a vintner in the south of France, and her husband Greg just wants Rob to focus on being a driving instructor.

But all Rob wants to do is write poetry.

When student Mary-Jane introduces him to the Chinese transcendental poetry of the Tang era, Rob embarks on a journey of self-discovery as his family members slowly reveal their own.

Hamilton is joined by director Ken McClymont, former artistic director of the Old Red Lion, who has directed, among Hamilton’s previous plays, 45 professional productions all over London, including Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing (Tabard Theatre, 2016) and Bottalack O’Clock (Old Red Lion, 2016).

Peter Hamilton is the Leeds-born writer known for Basildon (White Bear Theatre, 2009) and Bridlington (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2015).

His writing spans decades and has previously explored similar themes of disillusion and mental illness in Switchboard (1997) and The Reappearance of Christ in the East End (2005). Previous credits also include Playground (2015), Skara Brae (2007) and Danelaw (2005).

Clockschool Theatre’s The Poetry of Exile runs at the White Bear Theatre, London, from March 28-April 22.

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