‘Pornography’ by Simon Stephens is a hard-hitting play about the monumental week in 2005 which saw London winning the Olympic bid, Live 8, and the 7/7 bombings.
Told through the stories of a group of British residents, by revisiting the script in August 2012 we are hoping to facilitate constructive dialogue and critical engagement on the issues of terrorism, as well as keep alive the memory of the victims.
Simon Stephens on the play:
“What was striking about the London bombings,” says Stephens, “was that it was British boys who had done it. People who had been born and bred here. There was a sense of incredulity that British boys had attacked London. I didn’t share that incredulity. I’d been brought up in Stockport, not far away from where they came from, during a period when Mrs Thatcher was telling us that there was no such thing as society. When people become dislocated, they start to objectify each other. I felt very strongly that the objectification needed to commit an act of terrorism, and kill 52 strangers, is far more pervasive than people were saying. He also felt there is a parallel between the process of objectification that goes on in the production and consumption of pornography, and what happened to those boys. We live in pornographic times.”
About the cast:
The cast of eleven is diverse in its range of experience: whilst some have experienced performing at The National Theatre, as part of the Young Persons Theatre Company, or winning roles in major film releases such as Tamara Drewe (2010), others are discovered raw talent with no previous theatre background.
Company members have trained at respected institutions such as RADA, Drama Centre London, Drama Studio London and Metropolitan Film School, as well as from academic backgrounds such as University of Warwick, Goldsmith’s University, Rose Bruford College and Brunel University.
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