From 11th February until 12th March the colombian playwright Pedro Miguel Rozo attended an international residency at the Royal Court, and Our Private Life (translated by Simon Scardifield) is the result. It’s a fairly edgy, unsettling play about child abuse in a Colombian family poised on a socially evolutionary cusp between farming and fashion, small village and larger town.
“This isn’t a village. We’ve got the largest shopping centre in the area. Now there’s somewhere people can go to watch movies, have something to eat, spend money to make sense of their lives.”
When a rumour spreads like wildfire through a Colombian village, a respectable family start to wither in the heat. As long- buried secrets begin to surface, their efforts to discern truth from slander become fused with a desire for justice.
A new black comedy of twisted morality set in modern Colombia.
Pedro Miguel Rozo is a playwright, director and telenovela writer from Bogotá, Colombia. He first worked with the Royal Court in Bogotá in 2004 and developed this play during the 2009 Royal Court International Residency in London.
Lyndsey Turner’s work at the Royal Court includes Laura Wade’s Posh, Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, Molly Davies’ A Miracle and Chronic and Ignition. She has also worked at the Royal Court as Trainee Associate Director and International Associate. Her other credits include My Romantic History at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Alice at Sheffield Theatres, Nocturnal at the Gate Theatre, The Lesson at the Arcola, Still Breathing, Hymn and What’s Their Life Got? at Theatre 503 and The Grace of Mary Traverse at LAMDA.
Age guidance 14+
Running time 90mins, no interval
Our Private Life is presented as part of the International Playwrights Season: A Genesis Foundation Project
£10 Monday tickets can be booked in advance by Royal Court Friends and Supporters. Annual membership starts from £25 and can be booked with the Box Office on 020 7565 5000. 50% of the tickets for each performance will be released for public booking online at 9am on the day of the show.
Our Private Life runs until 12th March at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS. Tickets £10-£20