Lockdowns, closed borders and banned international travel have created a global sense of isolation. To smash that isolation and celebrate our global family, Red Phoenix Theatre have stretched our theatrical claws and in 2022 will present two magnificent plays from distant lands – Denmark and Germany.

In line with the Red Phoenix Theatre vision, these wonderful works written by some of the world’s great writers, promise a fresh and dynamic theatrical experience.

FESTEN
by David Eldridge
May 26 – June 4, 2022
 

Festen is a landmark play”

The Guardian, London 

Festen is the most powerful play to be seen in London at the moment. Its ability to shock its audience into silence is second to none and, by the end, they stagger out of the auditorium stunned.”

British Theatre Guide 

Helge is the patriarch of a chain of restaurants and it’s his 70th birthday. Surrounded by his wife, two sons, daughter and close family friends all is ready for a celebratory dinner at his large country estate. The only person missing is eldest son Christian’s twin sister, Linda, who recently committed suicide. Her painful absence leaves a jagged hole in the festivities. In the middle of dinner Christian stands to give the first toast. In order to decide which speech to give he asks his father to choose one of two envelopes. The choice leads Christian to make a startling accusation and, even as the disbelieving guests are choosing sides, this powerful play slowly unwraps the truth. 

David Eldridge’s compelling play is adapted from Thomas Vinterborg’s screenplay of the 1998 Danish Dogma film Festen, also known as The Celebration. Eldridge’s stage adaptation received its world premier in London in 2004. 

Festen is directed by Nick Fagan and features outstanding cast including Adrian Barnes, Cheryl Douglas, Brant Eustice, Sienna Fagan, Gary George, Joh Hartog, Claire Keen, Stuart Pearce, Geoff Revell, Russell Slater, Georgia Stockham, Stephen Tongun, Nigel Tripodi and Lyn Wilson.

 
 
 
TERROR
by Ferdinand von Schirach
OCTOBER 20 – 29, 2022
 
 
Terror is a play for our times.”
Broadway World, London 
 
“The audience plays the jury in a stickily complex moral tale that will leave you debating long after the defendant’s fate is sealed.
The Sunday Times 
 
A plane from Berlin to Munich is hijacked by terrorists and being flown towards a packed football stadium where Germany is playing England. Major Lars Koch, fighter jet pilot for the German Federal Forces, has to react. Ignoring orders to the contrary, he takes matters into his own hands and shoots down the plane, killing all on board. As a result he is charged with murder. The play begins in the courtroom with his trial. The audience listens to the evidence presented by lawyers and witnesses and then votes on whether Major Koch is guilty or not guilty.

The audience vote decides how the play ends.  

Ferdinand von Schirach is a German lawyer and writer, who lives in Berlin. The play was first performed in Berlin in 2015 and has since became a worldwide hit. Records are kept of the verdict of each audience around the world. 

Terror is directed by Brant Eustice and features an impressive cast including Rachel Burfield, Bart Csorba, Fahad Farooque and Sharon Malujlo.