Speech and Debate

UK Premiere of Stephen Karam's Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios 2

Stephen Karam's play comes to London for the first time.

Dom O'Hanlon
Dom O'Hanlon

Defibrillator will present the UK premiere of Stephen Karam's Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios 2 which runs from 22 February to 1 April 2017, with an official opening on 24 February.

Described as a "hilarious" play that grapples with serious modern social issues including homophobia, teenage alienation and the limits of online privacy, it is written by the 2016 Tony Award winner Stephen Karam, whose newest play The Humans is currently playing on Broadway.

"They may go to the same high school, but misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie have never met and their peers just don't take them seriously.... until a sex scandal involving one of their teachers brings them together. By creating a Speech and Debate team they finally have a chance to be heard, but will they be able to get their interpretive dance version of The Crucible ready in time for the big day?!"

The production will be directed by Tom Attenborough with further casting and creative team to be announced.

Defibrillator is an award-winning London based company with a growing reputation for delivering inspiring and entertaining theatre in both conventional and non-theatre settings.

Tickets for the production are now on sale.

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