Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, Remains of Logan Dankworth, Feed
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson – tour starts 22 January
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson enjoyed a sell-out run at London's Park Theatre last year and now tours.
Will Barton reprises the role of Johnson, with Bill Champion playing Michael Gove and Winston Churchill, Emma Davies playing Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Vine and Chief Whip, Claire Lichie playing Marina Wheeler and Boris’s girlfriend and Tim Wallers who reprises the roles of Evgeny Lebedev, Tony Blair and Huw Edwards.
The story starts in pre-Brexit 2016 but fast-forwards to 2029 where unexpected events see former PM Boris back in the spotlight—what will Britain look like in ten years’ time? What is going on inside the head of this divisive and controversial politician?
As can be imagined, there's politics, power, sex, sovereignty and topicality as the script of this new political comedy is updated by its writer, the journalist, broadcaster and playwright, Jonathan Maitland, as present-day events unfold.
The play is directed by Dugald Bruce-Lockheart and the tour is produced by Glynis Henderson Productions.
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson visits Festival Theatre Malvern, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Theatre Royal Windsor, Northern Stage Newcastle, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, The Lowry Salford and Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne.
The Remains of Logan Dankworth – tour starts 23 January
Poet and theatre maker Luke Wright’s trilogy of political verse comes to an end with fast-paced The Remains of Logan Dankworth.
Described by Wright, who performs the piece, as, "the most complex and mature thing I’ve written so far," it looks at trust and privilege in the age of Brexit through newspaper columnist and Twitter warrior Logan Dankworth and his marriage.
Award-winning Wright co-programmed the Poetry Arena at Latitude for over a decade and now curates poetry for Edinburgh International Book Festival. He has published two collections, three pamphlets and the two verse plays, the earlier plays in the trilogy, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan and Frankie Vah. The Remains of Logan Dankworth will also be published in book form by Penned in the Margins.
The play is directed by Alex Thorpe and the music is written and performed by musician and writer Polly Wright. Dramaturgy is by Sarah Dickenson.
The Remains of Logan Dankworth visits Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Tolmen Centre Constantine Nr Falmouth, The Pound Arts Centre Corsham Wiltshire, Arts Centre Bridport, Jersey Arts Centre St Helier, The Limes Faversham (part of Faversham Literary Festival), The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre Manchester, Labour Club Chesterfield, Byre Theatre St Andrews (part of Stanza Poetry Festival), Corn Hall Diss, FAYAP Youth and Arts Centre Framlingham, Two Sisters Arts Centre Trimley St Mary nr Felixstowe, Stahl Theatre Oundle, The Theatre Shop Clevedon, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Lighthouse Poole, Acorn Theatre Penzance and Auden Theatre Holt. London dates to be announced.
Feed – tour starts 23 January
This new piece looks at present-day clickbait culture, fake news and cyber-gluttony, exploring how algorithms and capitalism influence what is taken as news and ultimately how that influences the reader.
In Feed, a photograph taken by a Palestinian woman is appropriated first by a journalist and then by a teenager whose blog goes viral at the hands of an SEO (search engine optimisation) specialist.
The cast is made up of Jonathan Peck, Louise Lee, Yasmine Yagchi and Nina Cassells.
Feed is a devised farce from Theatre Témoin written with contributing playwright Eve Leigh and mentoring dramaturg Chris Thorpe.
The director is Ailin Conant, the assistant director is Chris Yarnell and the movement director is Dorie Kinnear.
Feed is a Theatre Témoin co-production with The Lowry and The Everyman Cheltenham. The producer is Fiona Mason.
Feed visits Salisbury Arts Centre, Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea, Gulbenkian Theatre University of Kent Canterbury, The Garage Norwich, Lakeside Theatre University of Essex and Seagull Theatre Lowestoft.