Protest Song - Rhys Ifans stars
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
POLLY Findlay will direct Rhys Ifans (as Danny) in Tim Price’s new monologue, Protest Song, which runs at the National Theatre (The Shed) from December 19, 2013 (previews from December 16) to January 11, 2014.
Danny sleeps rough on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Has done for years. Then one morning he wakes to see a canvas city being erected in front of him. And Danny finds himself swept up in the last occupation of London.
Described as a funny and savage monologue, Protest Song explores the reality of the Occupy movement. Based on a true story, the account of an unlikely hero allows audiences inside a remarkable political moment.
Tim Price’s plays include I’m With the Band and Demos (Traverse Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (with Neon Neon, National Theatre Wales/Barbican), The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales, winner of the James Tait Black Award for drama), and Salt Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse/Trafalgar Studios, nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre).
Rhys Ifans’ theatre credits include Volpone and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Donmar Warehouse) and Beautiful Thing (West End). His screen work includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Boat That Rocked, Enduring Love and Notting Hill, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (film); Elementary and Not Only But Always (TV).
Polly Findlay’s directing credits for the National Theatre include Antigone; The Swan and Nightwatchman for Double Feature in the Paintframe; and the German language production of War Horse in Berlin.
Protest Song will be designed by Merle Hensel, with sound by Carolyn Downing.