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International Plays from the Royal Court Theatre

Kick off your day with readings of urgent new plays by some of today's most important international playwrights.

Over the past 20 years, the Royal Court’s International Playwrights’ Programme, with the support of the British Council, has encouraged emerging writers in all parts of the world to address subjects that they felt were urgent in their societies.

In more than 70 countries and over 40 languages writers have felt inspired to write provocative new plays that are responding to our changing world and creating unique works for our times.

Over six mornings, an outstanding group of actors and directors will bring to life new plays from some of the world’s most exciting writers.

Each reading will be followed by a Q&A with the writer and together will last 90 minutes approximately.

Following Bad Roads there will be a discussion with all the writers from the series, hosted by Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court. Lola Arias, director of MINEFIELD, will also join this discussion. This event will last approximately 2hrs 15mins in total.

We are delighted that BBC Arts Digital will be collaborating with us, making many of the events from Spirit of ’47 available live and on demand to a global audience online. Visit BBC Arts Digital for more information.

Bad Roads

By Natalya Vorozhbit
Translated by Sasha Dugdale
Directed by Vicky Featherstone

8 Aug 11am
The Studio

Ghalia's Miles

By Maya Zbib
Translated by Katharine Halls
Directed by Lucy Morrison

9 Aug 11am
The Studio

Drainage Alley

By Laura Liz Gil Echenique
Translated by William Gregory
Directed by John Tiffany

10 Aug 11am
The Studio

You Never Touched the Dirt

Written and translated by Zhu Yi
Directed by Sam Pritchard

11 Aug 11am
The Studio

There is No One Between You and Me

By Dalia Taha
Directed by Lucy Morrison

12 Aug 11am
The Studio

Speech (Discurso)

Written and directed by Guillermo Calderón
Translated by William Gregory
Performed by Kika Markham

13 Aug 11am
The Studio