Writer Rachel Delahay, director Simon Godwin and cast members Calvin Demba and Fiston Barek are joined by special guests Jerome Phelps and Mohammed Zacabi from Detenti...… Read more
Anka got in and is here for good.
Olufemi is being coached to break back in.
Bashir has been here forever but he’s just been sent to limbo.
Lisa wants to send them all home.
Welcome to England.
A journey into to the heart of what it is to be a citizen, and finding a place where you belong.
A cutting new play about immigration and exile, and what happens when people fall through the cracks. Routes opens up the borders of friendship and family.
Rachel De-lahay’s debut play at the Royal Court was The Westbridge, which opened at the Bussey Building in Peckham in 2011 as part of Theatre Local, before playing to full houses in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. It was awarded the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Theatre Play. Rachel was part of the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices Writers Programme, which aims to support and develop writers whose voices are under-represented on British stages. Rachel was part of the group in 2009 aimed at young Muslim writers.
Simon Godwin directs. Associate Director at the Royal Court, his credits include If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, NSFW , The Witness, Goodbye to All That, The Acid Test, and Wanderlust. Elsewhere, his credits include Strange Interlude at the NT, A Kind of Alaska and Krapp’s Last Tape, Faith Healer and Far Away at Bristol Old Vic.
Routes is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Running time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
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Photo Credit: Craig Atkinson
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Dates in September
|Fri 20 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Concessions Available, Preview Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 21 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Concessions Available, Preview Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 23 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Preview Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 24 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Concessions Available, Preview Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 25 Sep 2013||7:00pm||Press Night||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 26 Sep 2013||7:00pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 27 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 28 Sep 2013||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 28 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 30 Sep 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
Dates in October
|Tue 1 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 2 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 3 Oct 2013||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||£20|
|Thu 3 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 4 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 5 Oct 2013||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||£20|
|Sat 5 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 7 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 8 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 9 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Captioned Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 10 Oct 2013||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||£20|
|Thu 10 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 11 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 12 Oct 2013||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||£20|
|Sat 12 Oct 2013||7:30pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
Sold out Performances
£20 (£15 concs)
Mondays all seats £10
4 stars “Kafka sans surrealism, an account of bureaucratic absurdity that doesn’t hide behind absurdist humour”
“The writing is tender but fat free, hardened and intensified by director Simon Godwin’s no frills in the round production.”
“A big step forwards for [De-lahay], a troubling drama that points to yet another sign that a sense of compassion is slowly seeping out of British society.”
26.9.13, Andrezj Lukowski, Time Out 3 stars “De-lahay admirably avoids the pitfalls of sensationalism and sentimentality… her dialogue has a jagged authenticity that conjures the grimy urban backdrop of fast-food shops, cramped living conditions and grim official interview rooms”
1.10.13, Sam Marlowe, The Metro 3 stars “A Vigorous and dynamic piece… sharply directed by Simon Godwin”
26.9.13, Henry Hitchings, The Evening Standard 3 stars “The play expresses, more succinctly than journalism, the moral mess surrounding citizenship and criminal law”
27.9.13, Libby Purves, The Times
“Deceptively simple but emotionally profound”
Sharp, funny and realistic.”
“An almost existential cry for belonging”
26.9.13, Aleks Sierz, Arts Desk
“De-lahay’s plot lines, though cleverly interwoven, are clear. She has found the perfect director in Simon Godwin, who doesn’t overstate the play’s claims but makes it grip“
29.9.13, Susannah Clapp, Observer
- Writer Rachel Delahay, director Simon Godwin and cast members Calvin Demba and Fiston Barek are joined by special guests Jerome Phelps and Mohammed Zacabi from Detention Action to talk about some of the research and reality behind the play. Download this Podcast
Fri 20 Sep, 7:30pm Sat 21 Sep, 7:30pm Tue 24 Sep, 7:30pm Fri 27 Sep, 7:30pm Sat 28 Sep, 3:00pm Sat 28 Sep, 7:30pm Thu 3 Oct, 3:00pm Sat 5 Oct, 3:00pm Thu 10 Oct, 3:00pm Sat 12 Oct, 3:00pm
Fri 20 Sep, 7:30pm Sat 21 Sep, 7:30pm Mon 23 Sep, 7:30pm Tue 24 Sep, 7:30pm
Wed 25 Sep, 7:00pm
Sat 28 Sep, 3:00pm Sat 5 Oct, 3:00pm Sat 12 Oct, 3:00pm
Thu 3 Oct, 3:00pm Thu 10 Oct, 3:00pm
Wed 9 Oct, 7:30pm