Published: Wed 11 Dec 19

News: The Special Relationship to premiere at Soho Theatre in February

In America, foreign nationals can be deported after serving prison sentences. Some of them are British...
Synergy Theatre Project presents
The Special Relationship
  • By Hassan Abdulrazzak
  • Directed by Esther Baker
  • Designed by Katy McPhee
  • Lighting Designed by Tony Simpson
  • Sound Designed by Sarah Weltman
Esther Baker will direct Hassan Abdulrazzak’s timely new play, The Special Relationship, a dark and biting satire which exposes the complex and heart-breaking stories behind the deportations of ex-prisoners from the US. The Special Relationship will premiere in Soho Theatre’s Main House on Wednesday 26 February, running until Saturday 21 March 2020.
A grain of cocaine, a digit on a breathalyser, a forged cheque, a DEA sting or murder one?
Caught in the transatlantic tango between Trump and May and proudly presented by a gun-toting Immigration officer, these are verbatim stories of double punishment and separation.
Gripping accounts of justice and separation brought to vivid dramatic life in a fast-paced and theatrically daring production using savage comedy, surreal metaphor and verbatim testimony from those who ended up on the wrong side of the criminal justice system.
Developed from interviews with ex-prisoners and experts in immigration and criminal law, the award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak carves a rich dramatic narrative and uncovers vital questions around identity and place as he gets behind the political rhetoric of those caught up in the quagmire of immigration detention and deportation.
The cast includes Miranda Foster (The Man / Dance Nation), Ricky Fearon (Othello / Nine Night) and Duncan Wiseby (Dead Ringers / London Road) with further casting to be announced.