Strange Tales to be told at London’s Southwark Playhouse

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is moving east to stage Strange Tales (from the West Country), a mini-season of subversive plays, at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

The two plays had their UK premieres in The Drum, the Theatre’s internationally renowned space for new writing.

They now move to The Little, at Southwark Playhouse, with Glenn Waldron’s chilling, dystopian comedy, The Here and This and Now running alongside Mikhail Durnenkov’s thrillingly anarchic The War Has Not Yet Started.

Artistic Director Simon Stokes said: “It’s exciting to show the most recent work of these two distinctive playwrights, one, a cosmopolitan Russian and the other a sophisticated, media-savvy Plymothian, to the wider audience beyond the far south west country.

“Individually, I think these stories are both a great night out. Taken together, they investigate our present uncertainty with incisive wit and intelligence while suggesting a future of perhaps ominous turbulence.”

THE HERE AND THIS AND NOW (January 10-February 10)

Waldron’s dark and enigmatic comedy takes an intriguing and intelligent look at the medical industry and asks, in these politically uncertain times, how high is the price of progress?

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes.

But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling?

Change is swiftly coming and they are asking all the wrong questions…

Science and civilisation collide in Glenn Waldron’s darkly funny play. Fiendishly original, The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

THE WAR HAS NOT YET STARTED (January 17-February 10)

Gordon Anderson directs a surreal and, at times, unsettling comedy about everyday people fighting everyday wars.

In 12 twisted parables for the modern age, Durnenkov taps into the fears and strangeness of our daily lives – sexual gamesmanship; what to do with ageing parents, those lying politicians, tensions at the airport, those lying journalists, infidelity and the absurdity implant.

Things happen but no one can see the connections in this strangely, prophetic study of our collective unease about living in the modern world.

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