In his powerful new play Parliament Square, James Fritz interrogates the draw of extreme demonstration, compassionately exploring the impact and fall-out of a single, selfless act of protest.
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?
Esther Smith (BBC3’s Cuckoo and Uncle and most recently Delphi Diggory in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre) takes the lead role of Kat, who watches as ‘the world gets worse’ and finds herself compelled to take action.
Selected for a Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2015, Parliament Square asks where the line falls between complete commitment and dangerous obsession. Directed by Jude Christian, the play had its world premiere at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in October prior to transferring to the Bush Theatre .
James Fritz’s first full-length play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, was runner-up in the Soho Theatre’s 2013 Verity Bargate Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
Parliament Square is at The Bush Theatre 30th November 2017 – 6th January 2018.