Conspiracy and fear to play to Hampstead audiences

Hampstead Theatre announces two world premieres and a UK first this Spring/Summer as the venue approaches its 60th anniversary. Productions include, Describe the Night, a post truth dark comedy by Rajiv Joseph, the entertaining Genesis Inc. by Jemma Kennedy, and the haunting story of The Strange Death of John Doe by Fiona Doyle.

Describe the Night (30th April to 9th June) explores the blurred lines between lies, fiction and conspiracy theories. Directed by Lisa Spirling the play tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet history in search of the genesis of the post-truth world.

Rajiv Joseph ( Describe the Night) previously wrote the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and the 2016 Obie Winner Guards at the Taj

Other plays by the Rajiv Joseph include, Archduke, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door, Animals Out of Paper, The Lake Effect, The North Pool and Mr. Wolf.

Genesis Inc. (22nd June – 28th July) is a multifaceted tale of the privatisation of human reproduction. Directed by Laurie Sansom this richly imaginative, topical, and explosively funny new comedy takes a closer look at the lengths to which people will go to defy biology – and at the moral compass of an industry that trades on fear and hope.

Fiona Doyle ( Genesis Inc. ) returns to Hampstead following Deluge in 2015. Her other plays include Coolatully (winner of the 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize), The Annihilation of Jessie Leadbeater, The Ceasefire Babies, and Ms Y.

The last production of the season, The Strange Death of John Doe (25th May – 30th June) by Jemma Kennedy, a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, is about the story of an unidentified body of a young man given the name John Doe. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall for Hampstead Downstairs, the play unravels a haunting story of our time.

Jemma Kennedy (The Strange Death of John Doe) previously wrote, Second Person Narrative, The Gift, The Prince and the Pauper, Don’t Feed the Animals and The Grand IrrationalityKennedy is currently writing her first stage musical, Electric Ladies, for Universal Music.

Casting for all productions is to be announced.

The 2018 Spring/ Summer plays will be running at Hampstead Theatre: Describe the Night (30th April to 9th June), Genesis Inc (22nd June – 28th July) and The Strange Death of John Doe (25th May – 30th June).

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