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Winner of a Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award. Fringe First and Offie nominated.


‘Some stories are more powerful than others.’


Performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2011), Theatre503 (2012), Fundamental (2013) and VAULT Festival (2015). Released as a digital radio play (2015)


A young man pieces together a personal story; his is a flight from tragedy through a no-man’s land of empty train stations, border crossings and bomb-blasted towns. Based on interviews with gay Iraqi refugees, ‘Elegy’ is a moving and impassioned cri de coeur exposing the horrific realities of life in post-liberation Iraq and the injustice of the UK asylum process.


Performed by Adam Best (UK Theatre Award Nomination for Best Actor & Winner of Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland - Best Male Performance) and directed by Douglas Rintoul (Complicite, Hampstead Theatre, Barbican and Unicorn) this award-winning production fuses intimate factional storytelling, music, movement and visual poetry to lure its audience into a playful, theatrical, personal and devastating world.


Written and directed by Douglas Rintoul

Performed by Adam Best

Originally devised with Jamie Bradley

Music Composed by Raymond Yiu, played by Stephen Upshaw

Sound by Helen Atkinson

Lighting by Dani Bish

Produced by Emma Cameron and a summerday









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‘Essential viewing' 

**** Time Out (Critics' Choice)


'Something that everyone

should experience' 

**** WhatsOnStage


'Touches and speaks to many'

**** The Stage


'Most powerfully intrusive

piece of theatre a gay man can see

- and see it they must' 

**** Gay Times


‘Beautiful... one of the most vital

shows in London right now’ 

****½  Public Reviews


 'Powerful to the extreme'

***** BroadwayBaby


**** The List  




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