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My Country; a Work in Progress

Produced by the National Theatre and Cuba Pictures for the BBC

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Britannia calls a meeting to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate, the darts are sharp, stereotypes nailed and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom?

In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme.

These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders of the time in this new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and the director Rufus Norris. The project has been captured on a film, which will be screened at our festival.

Approximate running time: 55 minutes, no intermission.

In English, with Czech subtitles

The two screenings will be followed by debates, in which the audience will have the opportunity to ask the producer Pádraig Cusack questions.

Pádraig Cusack has produced and toured productions over five continents, winning awards in the UK, USA and Australia. He is Associate Producer for the Royal National Theatre in London, Executive Producer for Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Creative Producer for the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. He also sits on the Board of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Recent projects include Tiger Bay the Musical, La Voix Humaine. My Country; a Work in Progress, Jeremy Deller’s commemorative piece we’re here because we’re here (with 1418 Now) and The James Plays. His international touring work includes One Man, Two Guvnors (with James Corden), Grief, Phèdre (with Helen Mirren), The Year of Magical Thinking (with Vanessa Redgrave), Waves, Happy Days (with Fiona Shaw), The History Boys (with Richard Griffiths), The PowerBook, The Plough and the Stars. His work in New York and on Broadway includes Long Day’s Journey into Night (with Jeremy Irons), Man to Man, My Eyes Went Dark, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby, riverrun, John Gabriel Borkman (with Alan Rickman), The Pitmen Painters, Waves, Happy Days, Primo (with Antony Sher), Not About Nightingales.

My Country; a Work in Progress
Produced by the National Theatre and Cuba Pictures for the BBC


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