Fringe hit The Collector makes London premiere at Arcola


Henry Naylor’s Edinburgh Fringe hit The Collector gets its London premiere at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre from November 17.

The drama won a coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award and a clutch of four and five star rave reviews as one of the most acclaimed shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

The Collector is a timely tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq in 2003.

Mazrat Gaol was one of Saddam’s most notorious torture houses. More than 10,000 people died here.

Now under Allied command, Nassir works as a local translator for American interrogators.

Nassir is pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country, and he’s about to get married to his sweetheart.

But when he is recognised by a psychotic prisoner, his life becomes a living hell…

Writer/co-director Henry Naylor was one of the head writers on Spitting Image.

He has written for some of the most famous comedy names and shows on TV, including Alistair MacGowan, Lenny Henry, Rory Bremner, Smith and Jones and Dead Ringers.

Naylor scored another Fringe success 10 years ago with the political satire, Finding Bin Laden.

Co-director Michael Cabot is Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, one of the UK’s most prolific touring theatre companies.

He has a long association with Arcola, having directed Marat/Sade (2001) and Pera Palas (2007).

The Collector runs from November 17-22.
Recommended for ages 12+

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