'Creditors' and 'Barbarians' at Young Vic's Clare Studio


The Young Vic have announced two productions for their Clare Studio. The first will be August Strindberg's Creditors, in a version by David Greig, which runs from 9 to 19 September 2015, followed by Barry Keeffe's Barbarians, from 27 November to 19 December 2015.

Creditors will be directed by Genesis Future Directors Award winner Rikki Henry, with set design by Petra Hjortsberg and lighting by David Holmes. Synopsis: "Adolph's marriage to Tekla is under scrutiny by his new friend, Gustav. Insecure about the state of his relationship, Adolph seeks advice from Gustav and plots a confrontation with Tekla. What follows is car crash of truths a lesson in jealousy and deception with a hefty emotional price tag." This is the first major revival of Creditors since 2008.

The Genesis Future Directors Award was established in 2012 and was created to nurture emerging young directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic.

Barbarians will be directed by James Menzies-Kitchin Award winner Liz Stevenson, with set design by Fly Davis, lighting by Matt Leventhall, sound by Matt Leventhall and movement by Ayse Tashkiran. Synopsis: "Prospects are grim in 1970s Lewisham when three unruly lads leave school, filled with the spirit of rebellion. Petty crime on the familiar streets of South London provides an outlet for their frustrations. But as they search for a way to belong in a society riven with unemployment and rejection, Jan, Paul and close bond is threatened. Caught between friendship and self-preservation, the energy of youth becomes a menacing force."

The JMK Trust was set up to commemorate the visionary young director James Menzies-Kitchin, whose career was cut short by his sudden death at the age of 28. It works nationwide to offer diverse pathways into the theatre industry for emerging directors.

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