Young Vic - Fireface by von Mayenburg & The Shawl by Mamet

The Young Vic theatre will present two productions directed by two emerging young directors in The Clare Studio.

Fireface by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade, from 28 Sep to 20 Oct 2012. Directed by Sam Pritchard, designed by Amanda Stoodley, lighting by Anna Watson, sound by Peter Rice. Something’s wrong with Kurt and Olga. Suffocated by their parents and trapped in a world they despise, it seems like there’s no escape from the endless humiliation of being young. When Olga meets her first boyfriend, Kurt buries himself in a new and explosive hobby. It’s an obsession that will fuel his anger, engulf his sister and threaten to burn their world to the ground.

The Shawl by David Mamet, from 3 to 15 Dec 2012. Directed by Ben Kidd. When a grieving woman seeks out Charles to contact the afterlife, the would-be psychic is keen to help – but his lover would rather swindle her out of her inheritance. Dirt poor and desperate to please his young lover, Charles reluctantly agrees. But when their perfectly rehearsed seance gets out of control, the medium makes an astonishing revelation. Is Charles a gifted spiritualist or just a cash-strapped conman?

Twenty-four year-old Sam Pritchard is the winner of the 2012 James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award. 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.

Thirty-one year-old Ben Kidd is the first recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, a major new award established by the Genesis Foundation as part of its longstanding partnership with the Young Vic. The Award has been created to nurture emerging young directors by providing them with an invaluable opportunity to explore and develop their craft as they create their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic. The Genesis Foundation is a leading UK-based charity, established in 2001 by John Studzinski.

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