Commissioned by The International School of London.
An actor (Top Boy), a rapper, a group of school students, a university scientist and two NGO activists from Beirut have little in common but their lives are all affected by Covid-19. Mark Wheeller’s new verbatim play tells their stories. It is explosive and fascinating in turns… it is not only their story… it’s ours too.
These recollections offer positive journeys through the pandemic, contrasted with the horror of the 2020 Port of Beirut explosion, included as one of the student’s family decided to return to their Lebanon home during lockdown. This story provides the most heartbreaking moments.
Pandemexplosion offers a diverse ensemble cast ample opportunity for imaginative theatrical interpretation typical of a classic Wheeller play.
Duration: 75 minutes approx
Cast: 20 (8f, 9m, 3m or f) The style of the play enables performer gender flexibility. It works with a larger cast or with doubling a smaller cast.
‘The script is a prime example of what a powerful medium theatre can be… sharp ensemble worked seamlessly together, choreographed like a modern day Greek chorus… slick theatre conventions were visually striking… transported between a party and a grizzly accident scene with just a few banged up car doors and props.’
Catherine Smith – Timaru Herald – New Zealand
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