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boxless theatre, bag of beard, grindstone & take two theatricals, in association with the old red lion theatre present

nuclear war

By simon stephens


BURIED by David Spencer


Graceland by Max Saunders-Singer



"a modern masterpiece that could define the future of fringe theatre." 

★★★★★ - Theatre Weekly





“All I can hear. Are the thoughts scratched onto the inside of my head.”


Simon Stephens’ NUCLEAR WAR, a heartbreaking and soul-stopping piece for movement is revived in a collaboration between multiple award winning and critically acclaimed theatre collectives, BoxLess Theatre, Bag of Beard, Grindstone & Take Two Theatricals, accompanied by the premieres of two new pieces of theatre. An unmissable triple bill production.


Nuclear War premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2017

“I want, one more time, to be absolutely in the moment”.



In 1943, north of Salerno, Italy, Max Spencer was buried alive.

He was the father of BURIED’s writer, David Spencer.

Its actor is his real Grandson.

A story passed across generations.

A harrowing true story, a truthful examination of the human condition and a non-linear, groundbreaking anti-war play – BURIED comes from twice Verity Bargate award winning international writer, David Spencer.



“Oxygen. Fuel. Heat. Combustion.”

In Graceland, Max Saunders-Singer’s darkly comic new piece, Mr. Chrichton, an overworked science teacher, is at breaking point, but he’s still stood in front of the class banging his head on the whiteboard. There’s something hidden in his desk, and he’s determined to teach 9D one last lesson. Don’t push him over the edge, children, he might just open that drawer...



This unique three-play production fuses the first revival of a remarkable piece of writing for movement with two new plays, which when combined ask questions about love and loss, what do we do next when faced with the devastating, the unimaginable. How do we survive the insurmountable? Where are we now, and where are we going?
Bringing together work from multiple theatre collectives and production companies to create a mesmerising and lyrical triptych, NUCLEAR WAR/BURIED/GRACELAND is presented in association with the Old Red Lion Theatre.




James Demaine

Anthony Cozens

Zöe Grain

Freya Sharp



Alexander Knott (Director: Nuclear War / Joint Director: Buried)

Ryan Hutton (Joint Director: Buried)

Sonnie Beckett (Director: Graceland)

Georgia Richardson (Movement Director: Nuclear War)

Lewie Watson (Assistant Director: Nuclear War)

Anna Kezia Wlliams (Set Design)



Running time: 

part I (Buried) - 50 minutes

part II (graceland & nuclear war) - 50 minutes

There will be a 15 minute interval


Content Notice:

Age 15+ (references to trauma, PTSD, scenes of a distressing nature, suicide, grief and sexual content)


tickets £18.50 (£16.50 concessions)

3 - 21 march, 7:30PM

saturday matinees at 3pm



Post Show events:

11 March - Cast & Creative Post-Show Q&A with Bailey Harris-Kelly from Drink the Ink

18 March - Post-Show Q&A with Simon Stephens and the creative team



Playing as part of the ORL'S 'WHERE ARE WE NOW?' spring season 2020



For further ticket information please click here or call 0333 012 4963 for all booking enquiries. 

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