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Cast announced for Rufus Norris and Carol Ann Duffy's new production.
The National Theatre have announced casting for their upcoming production of My Country: a Work in Progress which runs at the Dorfman Theatre from 28 February to 22 March 2017 before heading on a UK and Holland tour from 27 March to 1 July 2017.
The cast will include Seema Bowri, Cavan Clarke, Adam Ewan, Laura Elphinstone, Penny Layden, Stuart McQuarrie and Christian Patterson.
Artistic Director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris has collaborated with writer Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create a new work that stems from a nationwide listening project. In the days following the EU referendum in June, a team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and towns they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. My Country: a Work in Progress puts these words centre stage in an exciting new theatrical venture.
Speaking about the project, Norris said: "One of my ambitions for the National Theatre is to make it truly national and through collaboration, embrace the creativity and opinion around the UK. The Brexit vote unleashed a host of questions about our country, way beyond the issue of Britain's role in Europe. It articulated a deep disaffection. Those elements provoked a need and opportunity to create a piece of theatre that responds to that palpable sense of frustration and disillusionment. Art has always responded to what is happening now and it's what I hope we achieve with My Country."
Following its run at the National Theatre, My Country; a work in progress will tour to the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Derry Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Home, Manchester, Leicester Curve, the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester, the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Birmingham Rep, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Theatre Clwyd, the Rozabaal in Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival, Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.