18 to 25 February 2012

in the Studio Theatre

Permanent Way

The Permanent Way

by David Hare

directed by Kirsty Elmer

"I never believed in corruption before. I'm not talking about greased palms, or bribes. I'm talking about the idea of corruption, it being in everyone's interest – the politicians, Railtrack, Jarvis – to do nothing."

The play is a powerful piece of verbatim theatre, charting the privatisation of British railways and the resulting crashes. It forms a collage of first-hand accounts, from survivors and the bereaved to Government ministers, combining to voice a compelling story of mismanagement. Political, witty and moving, this production utilises multi-media and sound to comment on the stories that unravel, complementing ensemble performance skills to create a range of true-life characters.

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