AMSTERDAM

by Maya Arad Yasur, translated by Eran Edry
6 September 2019 — 12 October 2019

On tour from February 2020, opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth

“Amsterdam is full of rewards... a moving excavation of the tensions surging under the city’s streets.” Alice Saville, Time Out

“Amsterdam is timely and hauntingly reminds us that the past exists in the present. In failing to acknowledge our darkest history we risk repeating it.” Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

“Brilliantly directed… It's performed with vitality by a cast of four… How we pay the debts of history is one of the many rich thematic questions Yasur tackles.” Jessie Thompson, Evening Standard


Everyone knows, all of them … that when all’s said and done, she is no more than a fig leaf hiding the thing everyone else would be much happier never having to look at.

An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant.

One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives.

Slid her an envelope right under the door and then just walked away.

It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.

The UK premiere of a strikingly original, audacious thriller.

Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide.

This is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of ATC, co-producers of the critically acclaimed Winter Solstice at the OT. He recently directed Blood Knot at the Orange Tree Theatre.

“I think that being a foreigner is an experience that every person should have” 
Read an interview with playwright Maya Arad Yasur in The Jewish Chronicle

“What better time to premiere a play for the Europe of the present, triggered by the Europe of the past.” 
Read an article written by director Matthew Xia on The Arts Desk

An Orange Tree Theatre, Actors Touring Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth production

Running time: about 1 hour 20 minutes, no interval

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On tour Spring 2020

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Production photos by Helen Murray