The Events (2014)

Written by David Greig / Directed by Ramin Gray

A co-production of Actors Touring Company, London, Brageteatret, Drammen, Schauspielhaus Vienna and the Young Vic Theatre, London.

David Greig’s daring new play asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. Featuring local choirs and a soaring soundtrack, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.

Voted Best Theatre of 2013 by critics in The Guardian

Winner of the Carol Tambor Award
Winner of The Scotman's Fringe First
What's On Stage, Best Play of 2013 nomination

Declared "The Best Play yet to play in New York'"by The New York Times


 

Amanda Drew's theatre credits include: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, West End), Love And Information, The Ugly One, The Stone, Faces In The Crowd, Mr Kolpert (Royal Court Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Liverpool, Everyman Theatre), Butley (Duchess Theatre), House Of Games, Parlour Song, A Chain Play, Enemies, Dona Rosita The Spinster (Almeida Theatre), Enron (Royal Court Theatre, West End), Otherwise Engaged (Criterion Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Bath Theatre Royal Tour), Play (Battersea Arts Centre), 100 (Australia/Brazil Tour), Madame Bovary, Breakfast With Emma (Shared Experience), Eastward, Ho!*, The Malcontent, The Roman Actor,  Jubilee,  Love In A Wood (RSC), Top Girls (New Vic Theatre), House Of Bernard Alba (Shared Experience), The School Of Night (Chichester Theatre), John Gabriel Borkman, Hove (National Theatre), The Good Times Are Coming (Old Red Lion Theatre).

Clifford Samuel's theatre credits include: Troilus and Cressida (RSC/Wooster Group), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Julius Caesar, Arden Of Faversham (RSC), Titus Andronicus, Merchant of Venice (RSC Workshop), Mother Courage, Statement Of Regret (National Theatre), The Changeling (Cheek By Jowl/Barbican), The Lightning Child (Globe Theatre), One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Tricycle Theatre/Tour), Obama The Mamba (Curve Leicester/ The Lowry Salford), The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Theatre 503/Salisbury Playhouse), Every Coin (Soho Theatre), In The Blood (Finborough Theatre), Carthage Must Be Destroyed (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Burial (Almeida Theatre), Chasing The Moment (Arcola Theatre), Exit Sign (Royal Court Rough Cuts Festival), Tierno Bokar workshop with Peter Brook at Bouffe Du Nord, Paris.

Press

★★★★★ "Probably the finest, most important thing Greig has written."

Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph

No.1 Best Theatre of 2013. "Theatre has often attempted and failed to explore notions of madness and evil. The Events made only a glancing attempt, and was all the better for it."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★★ "A poignant look at human tragedy."

Damon Smith, The Metro

★★★★★ "One of the most lauded productions to come out of this year's Edinburgh Festival...inspired."

Angie Johnson, The Oxford Times

★★★★ "A mighty play."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★ "David Greig, too, once again considers the limits of our comprehension in The Events"

Ian Shuttleworth, The Financial Times

★★★★ "Builds to a rare emotional pitch."

Alice Jones, The Independent

★★★★ "Careful direction by Ramin Gray of an intense two-hander."

Libby Purves, The Times

★★★★ "Brave, thoughtful, and tonally bold."

Joyce Mcmillan, The Scotsman

★★★★ "A strangely uplifting work about living through grief."

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out

★★★★ "A fiendishly brilliant new play."

Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage.com

★★★★ "Undoubtedly an important piece."

Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

★★★★ '"Attempts to make sense of the unconscionable...complex viewing."

Sarah Keating, The Irish Times

★★★★ "Provocative piece of political theatre."

Dan Hutton, A Younger Theatre

★★★★ "About the struggle to comprehend the things that are utterly incomprehensible."

Jennifer Lee, Irish Theatre Magazine

★★★★ "This is riveting theatre: questing, potent and wise."

Sam Marlowe, The Metro

★★★★ "Powerful in its simplicity....the excellent ATC."

Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

Credits+

Scenes

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The official trailer.

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Amanda Drew and choir.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew and Clifford Samuel.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew and Clifford Samuel.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew and Clifford Samuel.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew and Clifford Samuel.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew.
Taken by David Levine.

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Clifford Samuel.
Taken by David Levine.

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Clifford Samuel and choir.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew and Clifford Samuel.
Taken by David Levine.

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Clifford Samuel and choir.
Taken by David Levine.

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Amanda Drew and choir.
Taken by David Levine.

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Ramin Gray and David Greig. Taken by Stephen Cummiskey.

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Glimpse into choir rehearsal.

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Interview with the director and composer.