Julian Garner’s award-winning play, The Awakening, is set to open next week at South London’s Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley.
Johannes is serving a life sentence for murder. Released on parole from an abusive prison system, reformer Agnes secures him a place working on a remote farm. Here he unwittingly becomes embroiled in an old, unresolved grudge.
Left on his own in the world for the first time, events take a turn in ways they could never have predicted.
The Awakening is the inaugural production from DL Productions, which was founded earlier this year by actress and director Dilek Latif.
The drama, directed by Madelaine Moore, stars Alex Dowding, Joana Nastari, Grace Cookey-Gam and Jarren Dalmeda.
Julian was awarded the Ibsen Prize in Norway, in 1988 for The Awakening. It later premiered at Hampstead Theatre. His twenty-odd plays have been performed widely in England and Scandinavia (where he has spent most of his adult life) as well as Germany, the Czech republic, Hungary, Canada and the USA.
In Britain his work includes Golden Leaf Strut for The Bush, Cyril’s Little Moments for the Bristol Old Vic, Guardian Angels for the Coventry Belgrade and The Flight into Egypt for Hampstead Theatre.
He has spent several periods as writer on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, where he developed Silent Engine and completed The Bear Table for the Inter national Connections Festival. The playwright now lives in Finland.
The Awakening runs from September 6-24.