HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/THE PETER WOLFF TRUST PRESENT
By ALI TAYLOR
Directed by LISA SPIRLING
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
£5 - £12 (See ticket information)
Christmas is actually a very good time to have a disaster. It’s the season of goodwill…
5 Dec 2013 - 4 Jan 2014
£5 - £12
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
7.32am. Christmas Eve.
Disasters Relief’s staff parties are legendary – but their aftermath cataclysmic. Nick and Abi wake amidst the carnage to breaking news: a massive earthquake has struck Pakistan.
Gathering their clothes – and dignity – the race with rivals Oxfam begins. Who can be the first to dispatch branded aid in full view of the world media? And how far are they willing to go? With the appalling spectre of last night’s antics hanging over everything, the day rapidly spirals into a dizzying web of secrets and lies.
Ali Taylor’s razor sharp new comedy exposes the dilemmas of working in charity today and asks whether doing good is always the same as being good. He makes his Hampstead debut after winning the Meyer Whitworth Award in 2008 for his first playCotton Wool (Theatre503). Previous credits include Overspill (Soho Theatre) and Sticks and Stones (Polka Theatre).
Lisa Spirling returns to Hampstead Downstairs following I Know How I Feel About Eveearlier this year and reunites with Ali Taylor after directing Cotton Wool. Previous credits include Michael Frayn’s Here (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and Hundreds & Thousands(Soho Theatre).
Olivier Award-winner Nichola McAuliffe many stage credits include Maurice’s Jubilee (UK Tour), A British Subject (West End) and Kiss Me, Kate (West End). She starred in the popular sitcom Surgical Spirit (ITV) and Coronation Street. Film credits include Cherie andTomorrow Never Dies.
She is joined by Natalie Dew (Romeo and Juliet, National Theatre), Samuel James(Abigail’s Party, UK Tour) and rising star Alex Lawther (South Downs, Chichester/ West End).
Natalie Dew, Samuel James, Alex Lawther and Nichola McAuliffe play the staff of a small relief charity in Ali Taylor’s sharp new comedy, which gives the expression ‘having a disastrous Christmas’ a whole new meaning.
We chat to writer Ali Taylor, who makes his Hampstead Theatre debut with Fault Lines, about inspiration, Joe Orton and bad gags.
First five performances: All tickets £5
Full price: £12
Seniors: £10 (matinee only)
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
*Students, under 26 and unwaged