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Invincible

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    This event took place on 12 March - 12 April 2014
    Written by Torben Betts
    Directed by Ellie Jones

    All performances SOLD OUT. Returns are sold from 7pm in person at the theatre only. For standing tickets call 020 8940 3633. 

    FOUR STARS The Guardian, The Times, What's on Stage, The Arts Desk

    “If you liked Abigail’s Party, you’ll almost certainly relish Torben Betts’s astute new play... a vibrant combination of a play of ideas and a comedy of bad manners... it could well transfer to the West End.”
    Kate Bassett, The Times

    “What I like about the play is that domestic comedy is used to explore both topical and timeless questions... Laura Howard and Darren Strange, as the territorial intruders, and Daniel Copeland and Samantha Seager, as their victims, also give immaculate performances. The only mystery about Torben Betts, whose fourth play this is at the Orange Tree, is why his perceptive social commentaries are not better known.”
    Michael Billington, The Guardian

    "It's unusual for a play to be political without being preachy, or dull, or both. As obsessed as we are with class distinctions, we aren't as good as we should be at pulling them apart. Invincible is therefore something rare, for it turns social distinctions into compelling comic drama." The Arts Desk

    “Torben Betts’ new play is an artfully constructed piece that draws on familiar comic conventions to both feed and diffuse the ensuing drama... a flawless cast confidently walk the tightrope between the comedy and tragedy of manners.”  The Stage

    “Ellie Jones’ thoughtful direction draws out the many levels of Betts’ intricate script, with hard-hitting elements played against more surreal interjections and farcical moments to create a clever blend of poignancy and humour... Invincible is a powerful, intimate piece that showcases the talents of each and every individual involved in the production. A must-see!” Plays to See

    “This is a sitting-room comedy that crosses genres to become both hilarious and moving.” British Theatre Guide

    The recession is biting hard and so Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. They want to live, work and to raise their two young children in a friendly community, among what Emily terms ‘real people’, away from the cold anonymity of the city.

    So these left-leaning, well-educated people have invited over two of their new neighbours in an attempt to break the ice. Tonight Alan and Dawn are to be offered olives, anchovies and are to be introduced to Karl Marx and abstract art.

    As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for a meeting which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic.

    Invincible is the fourth of Torben Betts’ plays to be premiered at the Orange Tree and follows 2012’s hugely popular Muswell Hill.

    'Torben Betts is one of the most exciting theatre writing talents I have come across in many a year.' Alan Ayckbourn

    Running time 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

    Ticket Prices (no booking fees)

    ALL SEATS ARE UNRESERVED 
    Mon evening, matinees £14.50 (£12.50 concessions)
    Tue/Wed/Thur evenings £16.50 (£14.50 concessions)
    Fri evenings £20 (£18 concessions)
    Sat evenings £22

    Concessions available to students, under 16s, senior citizens, all recipients of state benefit and members of theatre unions and guild upon presentation of proof.

    Student Night Tue 18 March at 7.45pm, includes pre-show discussion at 6.30pm - £5 tickets available for students by calling 020 8940 3633

    Post-show discussions following the 2.30pm matinee performances on 13, 20, 27 March & 3 April

    Audio-described performances Sat 29 Mar at 3pm & Tue 8 Apr at 7.45pm

     

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