After chairing a fascinating and rage-filled post-show Q&A with playwright Philip Ridley after Tonight with Donny Stixx, which opened at The Bunker in November 2016 just after the election of Donald Trump, I am thrilled to be asked to chair a series of three Q&As for the world premiere of his latest stage offering, ANGRY…
Chronicles of Narnia‘s Georgie Henley and award-winning West End musical star Tyrone Huntley star in Ridley’s collection of six gender-neutral monologues: both know all the pieces and who follows whom in the order with each performance for an unmissable evening of comedy and drama that really needs to be seen twice (or, indeed, three times, should you also want to come to all three of the free post-show Q&As!)
The monologues cover subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. All six will be performed by each actor over the course of the run.
A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals. Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.
Philip Ridley developed ANGRY over a four-year period, working in close partnership with director Max Lindsay, who comments:
“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that. We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. Having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run will give the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.
“What’s incredible is how relevant ANGRY feels today. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo, but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He’s always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it’s part of his genius.”
Philip Ridley exploded onto the British theatre scene in the early 1990s with his first two plays, The Pitchfork Disney and The Fastest Clock in the Universe. The second, his major breakthrough, caused a sensation when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, starring a young Jude Law and winning Ridley the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Meyer Whitworth Prize, the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and a Time Out Award.
Fastest Clock‘s exploration of ‘metrosexuality’ and the ‘culture of youth’ was years ahead of its time, and it is now regarded as a contemporary classic. Ridley’s many other plays include Radiant Vermin, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Vincent River, Piranha Heights, Shivered, Tonight with Donny Stixx, Killer and Mercury Fur, as well as the screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays.
The premiere production of ANGRY is designed by James Turner Donnelly and produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space.
During the course of the run, I’ll chair three post-show discussions after the 8pm evening performances:
- Wednesday 21 February 2018: Writer Philip Ridley, director Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley.
- Wednesday 28 February 2018: Director Max Lindsay, plus designer James Donnelly and casting director Jane Frisby.
- Monday 5 March 2018: Philip Ridley, Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley.