Theatre Preview: Rhetoric @ Bread and Roses Theatre, London
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The first year of BA students from Drama Studio London graduated on Sunday and, less than a week later, have formed 3Y4 - a theatre company dedicated to launching graduate projects. Heading up the team is Jaimie Bremner, an actor-turned-producer who is taking devised project Rhetoric straight to the Edinburgh Fringe after a run at The Bread and Roses in Clapham. In a fractured post-Brexit Britain, the stage is set for a political showdown. Radio talk show host Parry Posh knows controversy is good for the ratings. With a volatile panel including an antagonistic right-wing journalist and a violent white nationalist invited to discuss the mounting refugee crisis, has he finally bitten off more than he can chew?
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This newly-devised play explores the growing polarisation of modern politics, and the damage it inflicts on both sides, as well as the culpability of the mainstream media. Rhetoric first came to life at Drama Studio London and was devised by the players and writer Emmett Tams. Originally the piece centred entirely around the radio show. However, as it was revisited a year later as a graduation show it undertook a rewrite that introduced new characters in a prologue and epilogue set in a care home, that helped anchor the play and its themes in a more naturalistic setting outside of the madness of the live broadcast. Theatre company 3Y4 was born out of the need for a platform to take Rhetoric from its drama school beginnings out into the wider theatre world. Creating a company purely for one play, however, seemed fairly short-sighted: 3Y4 was founded as a platform for DSL graduates to generate their own early work without having to first create a company. Rhetoric will show at The Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham from 5th – 7th August, and tickets can be purchased here.