A Secretary of State for Health and Social Care makes a racist comment to her attending doctor when her child is rushed into hospital; a prominent travel writer is held responsible for a suicide after a scathing review; an employee of an aid organisation demands the recompense she truly needs from the CEO after a disingenuous public apology.
The Apologists presents three topical stories which combined provide a powerful examination of the meaning of the act of apology, the complex power play at work between the giver and the receiver of an apology, and whether we are responsible for the context of our actions.
Written by Lucinda Burnett (Correspondence), Cordelia O’Neill (No Place for a Woman) and Iskandar Sharazuddin (The Lift of Cardboard), each solo story focuses on a female character, a high-profile woman, and the issues raised also shine a light on gender inequality and social justice.
Directed by Jane Moriarty (The RSC, The National, Shakespeare’s Globe) and performed by Gabrielle Scawthorn (Village Bike, Ironbound, Ear To The Edge Of Time), The Apologists puts the spotlight on our obsession for words – whether empty, truthful or even justified.
“A vivid portrayal of emotional struggle in the face of public shame” – The Upcoming
Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street, Newtown
Season: 20 – 31 January 2021
Information and Bookings: www.old505theatre.com
Image: The Apologists – courtesy of Unlikely Productions