The Royal Court is no stranger to controversial plays, but this one - and now? That's one way of describing the faint air of disbelief surrounding Rare Earth Mettle, the Al Smith play that arrives trailing clouds of ill will generated by the name of its leading male character. That personage, an Elon Musk-like entrepreneur and mogul who names his inventions things like "Edison Evelyn", was originally called Herschel Fink as the play was making its way toward the Royal Court mainstage.Outcry...
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"You don't tell an American to switch off her light; you build her a better light bulb."
A leading British doctor with a radical plan to save the NHS and a Silicon Valley billionaire with a radical plan to halt climate change, meet outside an abandoned train on a salt flat in South America.
A landscape so bright in its whiteness that it isn't easy to look at, and so uninterrupted in its flatness there's no echo.
For Kimsa and his daughter who live there, the arrival of these strangers initially seems like an opportunity. Until they both stake their claim on the land, each following their ruthless pursuit of 'the greater good'.
"You only have an attachment to ideas. But I am attached to this place. I know the history. This land is a part of who I am".
Al Smith returns to the Royal Court following Harrogate, for which he was nominated Most Promising Playwright (Evening Standard Theatre Awards). Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie directs.
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Cast and creative
By: Al Smith
Director: Hamish Pirie
Cast list: Arthur Darvill, Rachael Ofori, Carlo Albán, Marcello Cruz, Jaye Griffiths, Lesley Lemon, Ian Porter and Genevieve O'Reilly.
Design: Moi Tran
Lighting: Lee Curran
Choreography: Yami Löfvenberg
Sound: Helen Atkinson
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The full cast for the world premiere of Al Smith's Rare Earth Mettle has been revealed, finally opening at the Royal Court over a year after it was first scheduled. Originally billed to run in April 2020, Rare Earth Mettle is now at the Royal Court from 10 November - 18 December. Set on a salt flat in South America, a British doctor and a Silicon Valley billionaire meet at an abandoned train station. When the locals encounter these strangers, both parties wish to stake their claim on the land,...