- From: October 28, 2019
- To: October 28, 2019
- Starting at: 08:00 PM
- Finishing at: 10:00 PM
- The Old Fire Station
- 2a Norwood High Street
- SE27 9NS
- United Kingdom
by Nina Raine
Director: Andy Webb
Performances: 28 January–1 February, 2020
First rehearsal: 17 November, 2019
Callbacks: 3 November, 2019 – 12 noon till 2pm
Consent premiered at the National Theatre in 2017. The drama is based around the professional and domestic lives of a group of somewhat smug lawyers who are nevertheless extremely smart and very funny. They are part of the same friendship group and two of them find themselves as prosecution and defence in a rape case. As the play unfolds they will also find themselves rivals in a love triangle. The play is about sex, rape, infidelity, betrayal, justice, revenge. But weirdly, you might think, it is also a comedy.
The story is told in 15 or so scenes covering a period of about a year. There will probably be video inserts between scenes to allow scene changes and to move the story on. The staging will be pretty minimalist. This is an ensemble piece. The characters are all strong in their own way and it would be easy to present them as slight caricatures – the hooray Henry, the
working-class rape victim. But what is important is that they must be authentic, credible individuals, recognisable and, however disagreeable, people we can understand and empathise with. So to do justice to the issues and to get the most from the comedy the acting needs to be as naturalistic as possible.
Gayle – female, mid 30s to mid 40s, a rape victim from south London (not Scottish as in script)
Kitty – female, late 30s, editor
Edward – male, late 30s, lawyer, husband to Kitty
Rachel – female, late 30s, lawyer
Jake – male, late 30s, lawyer, husband to Rachel
Tim – male, late 30s, lawyer
Zara – female, late 30s, actress
Any questions please email the director, Andy.