Directors’ Festival: The City A couple, their neighbour, and the problems with modern city living

Directors’ Festival: The City

The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 06 May 2022 - Sat 07 May 2022
  • Location The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Ticket Price

    Tickets £10 per double bill
    £35 for a festival ticket

  • Times

    7.30pm; 2.30pm matinee

  • Written by Martin Crimp
    Directed by Aaron Finnegan
    Designed by Fiona McKeon

A couple, their neighbour, and the problems with modern city living

I don’t know. Nothing feels right. Everything—don’t you think?—seems awkward and artificial.”

Chris and Clair live in the middle of the city. Chris works for a multinational corporation, and Clair translates other people’s work while never actually putting her own stories down on paper. When Chris loses his job and summer starts to drag on, the cracks in their relationship begin to show.

Their neighbour, Jenny, comes over to complain about the noise their children make in the back garden, her busy life as a nurse, the secret war her husband is fighting in a far-off country, her piano playing, and the fact she can’t sleep.

In Martin Crimp’s razor sharp dreamscape, they start to question the meaning of their words, and the fabric of their collapsing world

This amateur production of The City is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. This play is part of a double bill with Stockholm as part of Directors’ Festival 2022.


Chris Alex Crook

Clair Camilla Aiko

Jenny Rhea Norwood

Girl Monsikelah Ward

Creative and Technical Team

Director Aaron Finnegan

Designer Fiona McKeon

Voice Coach Charlie McCollom-Cartwright

Lighting Designer and Operator Ellie Gendall

Sound Designer and Operator Danielle Davis

Costumer Supervisor Grace Green

Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin

Stage Manager Maisy Halbert

Deputy Stage Manager Ellie Gendall

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student