Unscorched @ The Finborough – Earls Court Life
Well, now that all the frivolity of Halloween has passed and Earls Court has emerged relatively unscathed it’s time to move on to some more serious business.
The Finborough Theatre has some unmissable plays for you to take in this month.
The winner of the fifth Papatango New Writing Prize in partnership with the Finborough Theatre, Unscorched tells the tale of Tom.
Tom spends all his days surfing the net…
Because Tom works in child protection.
Faced with watching recordings of the most unforgivable crimes on a daily basis, in a job that barely anyone else can endure, Tom struggles to retain his humanity. Meeting Emily might just mean his life has changed for the better, but when your entire working life is spent watching the most terrible of crimes, can you ever go home and say “I love you”?
It is estimated that there are 50,000 – 60,000 regular viewers of child pornography in the UK alone. With reports of footage of abuse rising by 42% in the last six months, Unscorched examines the impact on those analysts confronting such footage every day.
Tackling an important and taboo subject with sensitivity, humour and courage, and chosen from more than 500 entries to win this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize, Luke Owen’s first play reveals a dramatist of exceptional promise.
Also playing is Lee Harvey Oswald, a Finborough Theatre commission, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – with an special additional performance on Friday, 22 November at 12.30pm at the exact time of the assassination.
Dallas, Texas. 12.30pm. Friday, 22 November 1963. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Approximately 70 minutes later, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.
48 hours later, Lee Harvey Oswald himself was murdered.
Told through the eyes of Oswald’s wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission’s report, we follow the unsettled drifting life of Lee Harvey Oswald – his loveless marriage to his Russian wife, his challenging relationship with his mother and his pathological hatred of Kennedy’s life and achievements. Oswald had the means, motive and opportunity, but did he even do it? Could a man who never did anything on his own murder a President?
Showing Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 22 November 2013