The Criterion Theatre

Touring Production - Orlando by Lucy Roslyn

27th July from 20:00 to 21:00

In the Auditorium

ORLANDO


• WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST LUCY ROSLYN AND DIRECTED BY JMK AWARD WINNER JOSH ROCHE
• INSPIRED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF’S AVANT-GARDE NOVEL OF THE SAME NAME

"I'm sick to death of this particular self. I want another."


Following a run at VAULT Festival, we are pleased to once again welcome back BoonDog Theatre in association with Jessie Anand Productions for two special preview performances of Lucy Roslyn’s new play Orlando ahead of its run at the  Pleasance Courtyard for Edinburgh Fringe 2019.

Orlando is the story of a person tired of the identitarian obsessions of 2019, tired of being boxed in and misunderstood, and tired of life itself. Roslyn’s character reflects on the contemporary world through the lens of a 90-year-old text that dealt with issues of identity politics and gender fluidity via one fantastical character.

In 1928 Virginia Woolf imagined her own freedom in the pages of a novel. Heartbroken by her affair with Vita Sackville-West, Woolf created a young boy born in Elizabethan England, who lives and loves, writes and rewrites through four hundred years, ending her days as a woman in the twentieth century. Woolf's novel strains at the boundaries of identity: are we any one thing? Or are our selves 'stacked like dinner plates', one on top of the other?

Lucy Roslyn’s play combines the themes of sexuality and identity with a universal story about heartbreak, creating an expansive piece that transports the audience through time and place, laughter and tears.


Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn (The State vs John Hayes, Showmanship, Goody) and directed by Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017 (My Name is Rachel Corrie, Plastic, This Must Be The Place, Radio), Orlando reunites the creative team behind Kenneth Emson's Plastic at the Old Red Lion (designer Sophie Thomas, lighting designer Peter Small and sound designer Kieran Lucas).