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Acclaimed Scottish playwright returns to Menier Chocolate Factory

Preview by Jack Foley

IF DESTROYED True will be the final play in Paines Plough’s ambitious new writing season, This Other England, at The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark.

Paines Plough have joined forces with Scotland’s only rep ensemble company, Dundee Rep, to deliver performances at The Menier Chocolate Factory from April 26 tio May 28, at 8pm.

This is the first time that Dundee Rep Ensemble’s work has been seen in London.

The production takes place in New Flood, which has just won the prestigious 'Worst Town in Scotland' award.

The prize is £500k with which to 'improve' things.

Vincent has always been original ever since his tragically miraculous birth.

When he hears of the honour bestowed on his home town, he is inspired to create his greatest work of art yet, (and to double the prize money), by defending the title the following year.

Acclaimed Scottish playwright, Douglas Maxwell’s new play is a poetic and witty satire on community, communication and creative anarchy.

Douglas Maxwell is one of Britain’s most experimentally bold young writers, who mixes innovative form with exhilarating insight into popular culture.

Paines Plough previously produced Douglas’s critically acclaimed new play, Helmet (Manchester Evening News Awards nomination for best production).

Other theatre includes Decky Does A Bronco (Grid Iron – Fringe First), Our Bad Magnet (Tron Theatre and Borderline) and Variety (Grid Iron at the Edinburgh International Festival).

The production will be directed by John Tiffany, associate director of Paines Plough, whose work includes Maxwell’s Helmet (The Traverse/Soho), the smash hit Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke (The Traverse, National Theatre and West End), and Burke’s follow up play, The Straits (The Traverse, Hampstead and Off-Broadway).

This is his last production for Paines Plough, before taking up his new position as Associate Director (New Work) for the new National Theatre of Scotland.

If Destroyed True is designed by Neil Warmington, with Lighting Design by Natasha Chivers and Original Music and Sound Design by Brian Docherty.

The cast features Cora Bissett, Keith Fleming, Paul Thomas Hickey, David Ireland, Robert Paterson, Ann Louise Ross and Alan Tripney.

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