About the showRenowned director Max Stafford-Clark came together with some of the UK’s leading playwrights in order to present a production packed full of political satire. Having opened at London’s Arts Theatre in May 2016, A View from Islington North featured several new short plays, contributed by the likes of David Hare and Caryl Churchill, which delve into the nation’s political psyche in an evening of thought-provoking performances.
A View from Islington North included The Accidental Leader by Alistair Beaton (King of Hearts) and How to Get Ahead in Politics by Stella Feehily (Duck), which seeks to expose what goes on behind the closed doors of some of the UK’s major political parties. Lauded playwright David Hare (Mother Courage and Her Children) inserts the audience into the mind of George Osborne in his pertinent play Ayn Rand Takes a Stand, whilst Mark Ravenhill (Mother Clap’s Molly House) examines collateral cost of military adventures in The Mother. Additionally, Caryl Churchill pictures a world that entirely relies on advertisement, to the point where even language is sponsored, in her poignant piece Tickets are Now on Sale.
Stafford-Clark (Top Girls) imagined the production after gathering a collection of short plays with his company Out of Joint, who tour internationally and often premiere new writing from playwrights such as Timberlake Wertenbaker and April de Angelis. A View from Islington North featured design by Tim Shortall, lighting design by Jason Taylor, sound design by Dyfan Jones and original compositions from well-known activist Billy Bragg.
Having opened at the Arts Theatre London, A View from Islington North was a stimulating and entertaining evening that challenges the country’s social climate. The production ran in London’s West End from May 18th to July 2nd 2016.