Royal Court to stage ‘all of it’ by Alistair McDowall, starring Kate O’Flynn

The Royal Court Theatre is staging three short plays by Alistair McDowall (The Glow, X, Pomona) in its Jerwood Theatre Downstairs space this June 2023.

Titled all of it, the plays will be co-directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Royal Court Associate Director Sam Pritchard, and will star Oliver Award-nominated actor Kate O’Flynn, for whom the work was written.

The trilogy features three women whose ordinary lives mask extraordinary internal worlds: the three plays are all of it, which was first seen at the Royal Court 2020; Northleigh, 1940; and In Stereo.

The first piece, Northleigh, 1940, takes audiences to the street McDowall lived on in Manchester, and traces its history during the blitz through the eyes of the woman speaking; In Stereo features an eight-track monologue and explores the divided self; and all of it is the story of a life told at breathtaking speed, following its protagonist from birth to death in one – joyful, painful, complex – go.

The production will also travel to the Festival D’Avignon in July 2023, as part of Tiago Rodrigues’s inaugural season.

Other new shows heading to the Royal Court’s two theatre spaces this season include NO I.D. by Tatenda Shamiso 18 April – 6 May); Hope has a Happy Meal by Tom Fowler 3 June – 8 July); Michael Wynne returns to the Royal Court with Cuckoo, in partnership with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse (6 July – 19 August); Word-Play by Rabiah Hussain (20 July – 26 August); and in January 2024, the Court has the UK premiere of the Tony Award-winning Dana H. by Lucas Hnath starring Deirdre O’Connell (16 January – 9 March 2024).

all of it will run at the Royal Court Theatre from 6 to 17 June 2023.

📷 Main photo: all of it. Photo by Helen Murray. Image edit by Paul Belford

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