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Helter Skelter / Land of the Dead
On from 15 Jan 2008 till 16 Feb 2008
Bush Theatre
by Neil LaBute
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

About: Helter Skelter / Land of the Dead

In a chic restaurant in New York city, a man and his wife meet to take a break from Christmas shopping. He doesn’t know that she has already seen him today.

Elsewhere in town, a couple part. He goes to the office, she visits a clinic. As events unfold, it becomes clear that this is not just any ordinary day.

In a gripping and provocative double bill, award-winning playwright, screen writer and film director Neil LaBute charts the trajectories of two regular couples in contemporary America, and their extreme responses to sudden changes in their lives.

Neil LaBute’s recent work includes Bash and Some Girl(s) (West End) and This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse), and the films In the Company of Men and The Shape of Things. Patricia Benecke recently directed Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an, which toured the UK in 2006 after a sell-out run at The Bush Theatre.


“An incisive production by Patricia Benecke with mesmerizing acting from John Kirk, Patrick Driver and, especially, Ruth Gemmell… This great double bill is one of frightening timeliness” Independent

"As always with LaBute, it’s the precision of expression, the needle in the dialogue that pins your ears back. LaBute is both like Harold Pinter and not like him at all. And he has an uncanny instinct for inflating a dramatic crisis at its nerviest point of contact." Whatsonstage

“LaBute brings a chilling touch of classic Greek tragedy to our own times” Evening Standard

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