On a beautiful spring evening – when both moons are full – two teenagers vow eternal love. It is a moment that will have cataclysmic consequences.
Not just for them, but for the world on which they live. A world where Prom Night is a matter of life or death, where weapons are grown and trained like pets, and where a chosen few are hearing a voice. A voice that speaks of … Karagula. Philip Ridley’s Karagula is a world premiere of epic proportions.
One of the largest productions ever staged Off-West End, it pushes the boundaries of British Theatre with its adventurous and daring nature. Written in fractured timescale, Karagula explores our constant need to find meaning.
To believe we’re here for a reason. To have faith in something. Faith in anything.
Taking place in a secret location, Olivier and OFFIE award-winning DEM Productions, emerging company PIGDOG, and Soho Theatre are uniting to offer a unique theatre experience, bringing this extraordinary, form-shattering play to life. Ridley’s Karagula is a sweeping fantasy epic – set entirely in an alternative universe – that chimes chillingly with events in the world today.
PIGDOG is run by Singaporean visual artist Shawn Soh and director Max Barton, whose critically-
acclaimed production of Piranha Heights was short-listed for a Best Production Off West End Award
in 2014. Their experimental and formally playful work aims to help transform how the industryinterprets accessibility, equality and gender politics. With this in mind, Barton and Soh are casting with true diversity, and all performances will be Extra-Live.
Director Max Barton comments,
It’s a thrilling prospect to be on the brink of realising this epic play. It’s so exciting to be working with the ground-breaking Philip Ridley again. In order to bring the wildly imaginative world of Karagula to life, we have assembled a brilliantly diverse group of artists, who bring non-traditional skills and vision to the process. I can’t wait to see what this team will collectively achieve.
Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London. He studied painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art. His stage plays include The Pitchfork Disney, The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Mercury Fur, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle and Radiant Vermin. In 2012, he was named by WhatsOnStage.com as a Jubilee Playwright (one of the most influential British writers to have emerged in the past six decades).
Karagula is produced by Ramin Sabi for D.E.M. Productions who recently won an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (the youngest ever recipient for a non-acting award) and an Off West End Award for Best Producer in recognition of eight critically and commercially successful plays in less than two years, including three at Theatre503.