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Series of plays about Brexit and Europe announced by leading UK theatres

Royal & Derngate Northampton leads the project, alongside theatres from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Royal & Derngate
Royal & Derngate

Royal & Derngate Northampton is leading a nationwide launch of new play commissions exploring Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s changing relationship with Europe.

Their producing partners will be the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Cardiff's Sherman
Theatre and Edinburgh's The Lyceum, in an attempt to tell stories from England, Northern Island, Wales and Scotland.

The venues will also be partnering with the RSA London for a symposium on 21 September in front of a live audience of 180. The panel including Kwame Kwei-Armah, April De Angelis, Roy Williams, Tanika Gupta, James Graham and Brad Birch. During the evening, further details about the plays themselves will be announced.

James Dacre, artistic director of Royal & Derngate, explains: "Our three partner theatres will join us in initiating a cycle of plays that respond both to Brexit but also to the political and ideological divisions that recent events have exposed across the country.

"It feels appropriate that it should be launched with a symposium which asks: How should theatre respond to and reflect the changing role of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Europe over the next decade?"