Alföld

By Joe McCann

Mon, 24 October, 2022 — Sat, 29 October, 2022

Directed by Dominic Hill

A young interracial couple, whose marriage is on the verge of collapse, have a life-altering encounter with a mysterious stranger as they travel through The Great Hungarian Plain.

For Virág, things are complicated. Her husband, Jake, is one of the few people of colour in a country that is almost 100% white. What’s more, they seem to be going nowhere fast. To make matters worse, Bela, an odd local, thinks he has the solution to all their problems.

Alföld is a dark comedy exploring language, misogyny, politics and racism – and what it takes to survive in Viktor Orbán’s illiberal democracy.

Presented in association with The Citizens Theatre and The Traverse Theatre.

 

Tour Dates

The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh | w/c 31st October 2022


JOE McCANN is a black writer from Glasgow. He is compelled to tell stories about the black working-class experience. His works include Dented Little Faces (Art School), Lace Up (Traverse), Things My White Friends Say (The Tron) & The Charcoal Rooms (Traverse). His screenplay, If Things Come Alive was long listed by The BBC’s Script Room. His latest piece, a black comedy he co-wrote, The Bookies had a hugely successful run at Dundee Rep last May. He was attached to The Traverse Theatre as part of the prestigious Traverse 50. Joe lives in Dennistoun with his wife, Virág.

DOMINIC HILL has been Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Citizens Theatre since 2011. His productions at the Citizens have included Cyrano de Bergerac, A Christmas Carol, Oresteia: This Restless House (winner of Best Director, 2016 CATS Awards), Hamlet, Crime and Punishment (winner of Best Director and Best Production, 2014 CATS Awards), King Lear and Betrayal (winner of Best Director, 2012 CATS Awards). Before joining the Citizens, he was Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Joint Artistic Director of Dundee Rep. Other credits include: Falstaff and Macbeth (Scottish Opera), The City Madam (Royal Shakespeare Company) and most recently A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scottish Opera).

Over the last 75 years, THE CITIZENS THEATRE in Glasgow has built an international reputation for producing innovative shows on stage, alongside a highly regarded learning programme of participatory and education work. It is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan. The theatre presents bold new interpretations of classic texts that are accessible and relevant - and uniquely, where any member of the audience can attend a performance for as little as 50p. The company’s beautiful Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment to secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatres.
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