National Theatre Connections - Bassett

BY JAMES GRAHAM
5 May 2016

Performed by Orange Tree Theatre Connections Company

At Wootton Bassett School the supply teacher has done a runner and locked the pupils in their classroom. Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, Amid needs to pray, and Leo… well, Leo really, really wants to escape. Outside, only yards from their confinement, a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street, as it has over a hundred times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. But this one is more personal than most. As factions form and secrets are revealed, maybe Leo is not the only one who'll want to get away. An exhilarating startling snapshot of a generation who have inherited a world at war.

James Graham
James Graham is a playwright and screenwriter whose play This House had its premiere at the Cottesloe Theatre (National Theatre) in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it was nominated for the Best Play at both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards. Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre was performed at Soho Theatre; and The Whisky Taster had its premiere at the Bush Theatre in early 2010. James Graham has written the book for the Broadway musical Finding Neverland produced by Harvey Weinstein with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. It opened in Boston in summer 2014 and transferred to New York in spring 2015. His play The Vote was aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of polling day during the 2015 General Election. His first film for TV, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008, and he was picked as one of Broadcast Magazine's ‘Hotshots’ in the same year. He is developing original series and adaptations with Tiger Aspect, Leftbank, Kudos and the BBC. His film X and Y was produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films, it opened in cinemas in spring 2015 starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan. James Graham is currently working on an adaptation of Mrs Queen Takes the Train for Harvey Weinstein, and 1984 for Scott Rudin and director Paul Greengrass.

Suitable for ages 14+ (infrequent strong language)

Photography by Sorted. Design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio.