The world premiere of award-winning playwright Ken Urban’s Sense of an Ending, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, will be showing at Theatre503 from May. This compelling political thriller shines a light on journalistic truth amid the atrocity of the Rwandan genocide.
Playing two Hutu nuns charged with unspeakable war crimes during 1994 will be Lynette Clarke (Boi Boi is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Bacche (National Theatre of Scotland), The Crucible (RSC)) as Sister Justine and Akiya Henry (Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC New York)) as Sister Alice.
Ben Onwukwe (Sunset Baby (Gate Theatre), Pandora’s Box (Arcola Theatre), High Life (Hampstead Theatre)) will be joining them playing Charles, a New York Times journalist who is granted an exclusive interview with the nuns. Charles is faced with a difficult decision when their version of events, attesting their innocence, is contradicted by an unknown survivor.
The cast also includes Kevin Golding (Play Mas (Orange Tree Theatre), Otieno (Southwark Playhouse), Fan the Flame (Theatre Royal Stratford East)) playing Dusabi and Akubakar Salim (Prince of Denmark (National Theatre), Lift Off, Attempts on Her Life (LAMDA)) as Paul.
Sense of an Ending marks the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It is the first of Urban’s plays to be presented in Europe and the script won the Best New Play award at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Sense of an Ending
Tuesday 12th May – Saturday 6th June 2015
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm, Sunday, 5pm
Running time 100 minutes including an interval
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Writer Ken Urban
Director Jonathan O’Boyle
Designer Celia Carey
Sound Designer Max Perryment
Lighting Designer Joshua Pharo
Producers Jessica Campbell and Ramin Sabi
Sister Justine Lynette Clarke
Sister Alice Akiya Henry
Charles Ben Onwukwe
Dusabi Kevin Golding
Paul Akubakar Salim
Tuesday 21st April 2015