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Another England, a dystopian vision of the future, comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 20th June. Featuring a talented cast of professional disabled actors, Andrew Mclay and Philippa Cole and written by award winning disabled playwright and director of Little Cog (a disabled-led North East Theatre company), Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

Following the critical success to the premiere of the piece at ARC Stockton Vici said: “In a rapidly changing England, which appears to be having a bit of an identity crisis, I have responded with a play from the perspective of disabled people trying to navigate their way through stressful territory.”

The play is set in England in the near-distant future and follows Murphy, a 55 year old veteran of the welfare state, and his younger companion Rat, who believes she can change the world. The two, who would normally go to the ends of the earth to avoid each other, are thrown together as they both take refuge in an empty house to avoid being sent to holding camps by the state.

Vici adds, “These two colourful characters are interesting opposites but once we scratch the surface, we realise they may have more in common than they first think.”  In this story full of heart and human spirit, the worlds of two weird and wonderful characters collide as they try to find a way to survive in a deserted house on the outskirts of town.”

Actor Philippa Cole, who recently performed at the National Theatre and has been in TV shows such as Armchair Detectives and The Four O’Clock Club for the BBC, said, “This is a compelling story which will leave the audience feeling like they’ve been on a journey with the characters, they will feel welcome, and they will laugh and be moved and it will leave them thinking about the world of the play for weeks to come. We just want to get this story out there.”

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