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The first ever production of Mike Bartlett’s Albion set in a real garden is coming to Clare College,16TH-18TH JUNE 2022
Albion follows the story of Audrey Walters, who has recently purchased an old, grand house in the English countryside. Trying to restore its garden, ‘Albion’ to its former glory, Audrey begins to tear apart her family, unearth buried secrets, and blows apart the peace of the village she’s moved to. Amongst this chaos, friends will fall in love, a baby will be born and the lines between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ begin to blur.
Reminiscent of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Albion looks at the world through the lens of an explosive family drama, but is fascinated with the idealism of nostalgia against the hope of those who hunger for change.
First staged at the Almeida in the wake of the Brexit referendum, and then again in 2020 after the UK left the EU, Albion grows in resonance as the world we live in ebbs and flows. Exploring patriotism, intergenerational love, sexuality and everything in between, Bartlett’s allegorical tale is radical, powerful and nuanced.
This is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.