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An all-female production of Laura Wade’s Posh comes to the Pleasance, Islington

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DESCRIBED as darkly comic, and disgracefully entertaining, Laura Wade’s Posh premiered at The Royal Court theatre in 2010 with a cast featuring future stars Kit Harrington and James Norton.

Now the riotous story of Oxford student dining club, a fictionalised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club, will be told for the first time by a company of all-female actors – at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington from Wednesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 22, 2017.

In the private dining room of a gastro pub, 10 young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. As members of an elite student dining society, they’re bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn’t just a jolly: they’re planning a revolution. Welcome to The Riot Club.

This thrilling new production gives Laura Wade’s play a new, topical voice by allowing women to take centre stage in roles originally written for men.

Posh will be directed by Cressida Carré, who won the Off West End Award for Best Choreography for the UK premiere of Titanic. The production opened at Southwark Playhouse, transferred to Toronto, Canada and was then restaged earlier this year at Charing Cross Theatre. As a director, her work includes Avenue Q (UK tour 2014/15/16 and Hong Kong), Spear (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford), The Lost Christmas (Trafalgar Studios), Betwixt! (Edinburgh Festival) and Marry Me A Little (Etcetera Theatre).

Laura Wade’s plays include Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Posh (Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre), Alice (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Other Hands (Soho Theatre), Colder Than Here (Soho Theatre and MCC Theatre, New York), Breathing Corpses (Royal Court), Catch (Royal Court, collectively-written with four other playwrights), Young Emma (Finborough Theatre), and 16 Winters (Bristol Old Vic Basement).

Wade’s awards include the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Pearson Best Play Award and the George Devine Award. Her plays have also been performed in the USA, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

Casting for Posh will be announced in due course.

Tickets: £20 – full price; £17.50 – concessions/previews (only for previews on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 – the rest are subject to standard pricing, however concessions are available). To book, call the box office on 020 7609 1800 or visit www.pleasance.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm (except March 30 at 2pm).

Also at the Pleasance, Islington: the acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat (December 6, 2016 to January 2, 2017).