New to the Royal Exchange: Parliament Square

In his powerful new play Parliament Square, James Fritz skilfully interrogates the draw of extreme demonstration, compassionately exploring the impact and fall-out of a single, selfless act of protest.

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 19 October 2017

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Esther Smith (BBC3’s CUCKOO and UNCLE BBC 3) takes the lead role of Kat, who watches as ‘the world gets worse’ and finds herself compelled to take action.

Kat gets up one morning, leaves her family behind, and travels to London to carry out an act that will change her life and, she hopes, everyone else’s. But what are the real consequences?

Selected for a Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015, PARLIAMENT SQUARE deftly asks where the line falls between complete commitment and dangerous obsession.

Directed by Jude Christian this compelling World Premiere is a Royal Exchange Theatre co-production with the Bush Theatre. It will run in Manchester from 18 – 28 October.

The cast is completed by Damola Adelaja, Seraphina Beh, Lois Chimimba, Kelly Hotten, Joanne Howarth and Jamie Zubairi.

Esther Smith is perhaps most recognisable for her role as Rachel in the hit comedy Cuckoo and Melodie in Uncle, both for BBC 3. A stage and screen actor she has most recently been seen as Delphi Diggory in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Parliament Square by James Fritz
18 – 28 October at the Royal Exchange Theatre

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