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State of Emergency
On from 06 Nov 2008 till 13 Dec 2008
Gate Theatre
by Falk Richter
Genre(s): Drama

About: State of Emergency

UK Premiere
By Falk Richter
Translated by David Tushingham

Maria Aberg will direct the UK premiere of German playwright Falk Richter’s scorching drama, State of Emergency in a new translation by David Tushingham.

A married couple live in what appears to be an ideal neighbourhood, protected from the dangers of the world outside. But what happens when this utopian world becomes a new form of prison? Richter’s unsettling play examines state control and self control and how the civic dream can turn into an Orwellian nightmare.


Swedish director Maria Aberg is one of the most exciting young directors working in the UK. Her most recent theatre credits include an acclaimed production of Strindberg’s Gustav III at the National Theatre of Sweden. Other credits include Crime and Punishment (National Theatre), Days of Significance (RSC Swan/Tricycle), Alaska (Royal Court), Shrieks of Laughter (Soho Theatre) and Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse).

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