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I am Gavrilo Princip

His name is Gavrilo Princip. He is the young assassin who, In Sarajevo 1914, shot the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He fired the shot that changed the world. But was it worth it ? This one hour play with accompanying music explores his life, his legacy and the world he left behind, forever changed. 

Our show show I am Gavrilo Princip tells the story of the man that started the first world war. The show started life as an R & D piece at The Landor Space Clapham, after this Further Theatre was awarded an Artists Residency at Theatre Delicatessen. After a successful residency the play was performed as part of the Outer Limits Festival 2019 at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch. In 2020 the show was due to be performed at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of Army at The Fringe, this is where Further’s long standing relationship with The British Army began. Due to Covid 19, the show was performed online and was described as ‘a highlight of the fringe’ by The Stage. 

In 2022 Gavrilo returned to the Bush theatre where we sold out the studio space over the course of two shows and delivered a live talk on the life of Gavrilo Princip with Sunday times best selling author Tim Butcher. 

I am Gavrilo Princip was last performed at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival live and in person. It received a slew of 4 star reviews. 

The show has also been performed to school audiences as a piece of theatre in education on the causes of the first world war with accompanying history and drama workshops. To enquire about performing Gavrilo at a school or for public performance, please get in touch.

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Tunnels

1968, the Cold War is at its height. Cousins Paul and Freddie want to escape East Berlin.  The only thing that stands in their way is the 3.6 meter Berlin Wall, 100s of landmines and the East German secret police. Tunnels is a play about family, loyalty, nationhood and of course digging.

Tunnels made its debut at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Army@TheFringe. The show was supported by The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch and a grant by Army@TheFringe’s artists recovery fund.  The show was directed by Colin Ellwood ( RSC, The Globe, Soho Theatre, Rose Bruford College) and stars Lewis Bruniges ( The Park Theatre, The Queens Theatre Hornchurch ) and Oliver Yellop ( The National Theatre, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, The Bush) with original score by Benji Hooper.  

The show enjoyed a sell out run at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received a slew of 4 and 5 star reviews. The play was then picked up by the OSO Arts Centre for a short run in the summer of 2022. Tunnels will be returning to London as a co-production with the Park Theatre at the end of 2022 running from November 28th – 10th of December. The Park is one of London’s best off west end theatres and all of us at Further Theatre are relishing the opportunity to take our show to the biggest audience yet.

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Lessons Learned

In the Summer of 2022 Further Theatre teamed up with Army College Harrogate to create a work in progress show about the experiences of Junior Soldiers in the British Army.

Army Foundation College Harrogate is the training base for British Soldiers aged 16 – 18 years of age. The young soldiers at AFC Harrogate come from a diverse range of backgrounds from across the UK. The college offers a mix of military training, education, and developing future leadership.

Further Theatre hosted a series of workshops with junior soldiers which for many was their first experience of acting and making drama. These workshops formed the basis of our show ‘Lessons Learned’ drawn form the first hand experiences of young soldiers and performed by a company of young actors with connections to the military.  ‘Lessons Learned’ was performed at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and  the project was a great opportunity to bring theatre to young people that had no previous experience in creating drama. The young actors with familial connections to the armed forces also found this to be a cathartic and enriching experience.