Amsterdam

Written by Maya Arad Yasur / Directed by Matthew Xia

UK PREMIERE

An Israeli violinist.  Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment.
Nine months pregnant.

One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives.

It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation.

Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.

The UK premiere of a strikingly original, audacious thriller.

An ATC, Orange Tree Theatre and Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production

Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. Amsterdam won the prestigious Theatretreffen Stükemarkt Award. It is Arad-Yasur’s fourth play to be produced and her most personal.

Amsterdam is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of ATC.

Amsterdam opens the Orange Tree Theatre's Autumn 2019 season and then will tour the UK in Spring 2020, beginning at Theatre Royal Plymouth. 

Press

Enormously rewarding. Yasur’s play is orchestrated with musical playfulness by Matthew Xia in his debut production as Artistic Director of ATC.

Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

Brilliantly directed by Matthew Xia, [Amsterdam] is an excellent showcase for his verve and imagination. Sends the audience into the night with the haunting question: what history hides in the walls of the building you live in?

Jessie Thompson, Evening Standard

Refreshing and strikingly brutal …we neglect the past at our peril and Amsterdam brings its voices vividly into focus

Theo Bosanquet, What’s On Stage

A rich and complex story … like a child’s game of consequences – but what consequences! Ghosts and mysteries of the past illuminate the world of the present day..... The vibrancy and cheek of the production – the theatricality - is the kind that British theatre sees all too rarely..... A tireless, inventive and impressive cast. The demands [of the play] are exceeded by the rewards it gives back.

Kimprovised

A moving excavation of the tensions surging under the city’s streets … Matthew Xia’s production has a fittingly international feel … Amsterdam is full of rewards.

Alice Saville, Time Out

Fascinating, multi-layered play .. a complex web of interlocking thoughts, reflections and memories.

Rosemary Waugh, The Stage

An ambitious, innovative piece of theatre, replete with rich narratives and dynamic, energised performances [from] a superb cast.

Loretta Monaco, London Theatre

The haunting spectre of history is wonderfully evoked and universalised into our current time and place. A terrific night at the theatre!

J.C., London Living Large

Scenes

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Fiston Barek, Daniel Abelson, Hara Yannas and Michal Horowicz in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Fiston Barek, Daniel Abelson, Hara Yannas and Michal Horowicz in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Daniel Abelson and Hara Yannas in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Fiston Barek in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Daniel Abelson in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Daniel Abelson, Hara Yannas and Michal Horowicz in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Director Mathew Xia and Movement Director Jennifer Jackson in rehearsals for AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur

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Deputy Stage Manager Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng and Assistant Director Georgia Green in rehearsals for AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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Director Matthew Xia in rehearsals for AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur

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Rehearsals for AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur, directed by Matthew Xia

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CAST
Daniel Abelson,
Fiston Barek,
Michal Horowicz,
Hara Yannas