HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/CELIA ATKIN PRESENT
By HANNAH PATTERSON
Directed by MATTHEW XIA
Running time: 2 HOURS INCLUDING AN INTERVAL
£5 - £14 (See ticket information)
It’s perfect, isn't it? The most perfect spot I think I’ve ever seen… An unspoiled, natural beauty. Which makes it utterly ripe for development…
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7 Feb - 16 Mar 2019
£5 - £14
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Eden is an idyllic coastal village of astonishing beauty, and home to an active community who are eager to protect it at all costs. Even the infamous Aaron Chase, an American property tycoon intent on building a luxury golf course, can’t name a price they’ll accept. But his star employee Sophie, a former Eden resident, might be able to broker a deal, so Chase plans to exploit her invaluable connections and local knowledge. Forced to confront her past, will Sophie be content to act as Chase Enterprises’ bulldozer or will deeper loyalties come to the fore?
Inspired by real events, Eden is a modern-day David and Goliath drama about the importance of fighting for what’s right – whatever the outcome.
Hannah Patterson returns to Hampstead Downstairs with her latest play following sell-out hits Platinum and Giving. Matthew Xia makes his highly anticipated Hampstead debut. His directing credits include Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Wish List (Royal Court) and Frankenstein (Manchester Royal Exchange).
The production has been kindly supported by Andrew and Marina Newington
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'Hannah Patterson’s new play is based on the 2008 controversy in which the Scottish government gave permission to Donald Trump to build a luxury golf course complex in Aberdeenshire, on an official ‘site of special scientific interest.’'
'The play, however, focuses more on the people than the situation, and Xia gorgeously draws out the intricacies of the relationships between the characters. Michael Simkins is excellent as the Trump-like Aaron Chase, as is Mariah Gale as Jane, the daughter of Sean Jackson’s farmer Bob. The chemistry between Gale and Yolanda Kettle, as her girlfriend Sophie – who also happens to be the marketing executive charged with trying to convince Bob to sell his land – is spine-tingling.'
'Ciarán Cunningham’s lighting design shifts from the starkness of morning to the romance of night. The deep pinks and rich purples of the final sunset chime exquisitely with the conclusion of the play.'
'Patterson’s play is about more than just a greedy billionaire drunk on capitalism. Eden explores the politics of power in relation to the delicacy of the human condition – and home, and how there’s no place like it.'
'Matthew Xia directs a thought-provoking and frequently spine-tingling play about home and the human condition.'
JN Benjamin, 22 February, 2019
movement and intimacy
GOLF CADDIE/ JOURNALIST/ SECURITY GUARD/ TAILOR
JN Benjamin awards Hannah Patterson's Eden four stars.
Full casting for the world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs includes Laurietta Essien, Mariah Gale, Sean Jackson, Yolanda Kettle, Adrian Richards and Michael Simkins.
Martyna Majok's Cost of Living, Hannah Patterson's Eden and Kellie Smith's Wilderness announced for 2019.
First five performances: All tickets £5
The next twelve performances: £12
Performances thereafter: £14
Seniors: £10 (matinee only)
Under 30s and Students: £10
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free