TRYING IT ON

“Are we the same person? If not, when and why not? If so, can either of us bear it?”

It’s 1968. David is 20 and in his second year at University. It is the height of the world-wide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics and give focus to his writing.

It’s 50 years on. The 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out?

David Edgar’s plays have been presented by the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Destiny, Maydays, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol). After 50 years of writing, Trying It On (directed by Christopher Haydon) marks David’s debut as a performer.

★★★★ “An autobiographical trot through half a century of personal and political change that points to progress as well as disillusionment and disarray.” The Times

★★★★ “David Edgar’s autobiographical analysis of recent social change is energised with humour and humility.” The Stage

Supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

11-13 Oct

7:45pm (Fri & Sat), 4:15pm (Sun)

£16, £13 concessions

#tryingiton

TRYING IT ON

“Are we the same person? If not, when and why not? If so, can either of us bear it?”

It’s 1968. David is 20 and in his second year at University. It is the height of the world-wide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics and give focus to his writing.

It’s 50 years on. The 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out?

David Edgar’s plays have been presented by the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Destiny, Maydays, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol). After 50 years of writing, Trying It On (directed by Christopher Haydon) marks David’s debut as a performer.

★★★★ “An autobiographical trot through half a century of personal and political change that points to progress as well as disillusionment and disarray.” The Times

★★★★ “David Edgar’s autobiographical analysis of recent social change is energised with humour and humility.” The Stage

Supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

11-13 Oct

7:45pm (Fri & Sat), 4:15pm (Sun)

£16, £13 concessions

#tryingiton

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Age Recommendation

14+

Duration

1hr30m

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