In June of this year, The New Actors Company (nominated for two Off West End Awards 2012) will be staging their sixth production: Peter Ustinov’s The Moment Of Truth, at Southwark Playhouse’s brand new venue.
In its first professional UK revival since an acclaimed 1951 premiere, Peter Ustinov’s largely forgotten play is about the mechanics of toppling governments, the pretences of war, and the power of propaganda.
A republic is poised to fall. The only remaining members of an unpopular government are its cynical prime minister and a naive, emotional foreign secretary. The invading army has its boots upon the soil of this crumbling nation. Inside the cabinet office, toy soldiers and old icons of military glory veil the realities of war and bloodshed. Death, in a moment of truth, was never so real.
The recent Arab Spring that has swept up North Africa and the Middle East has powered the propaganda machines of domestic and foreign nations, sparking revolutions and toppling governments. As a military dictatorship rages with rhetoric and uprisings continue to gather pace, there couldn’t be a more timely revival for The Moment of Truth.
This unique production is complemented with a world-class cast:
Rodney Bewes, Mark Carey, Callum Coates, Toni Kanal, Damian Quinn, Miles Richardson, Daniel Souter, Bonnie Wright. Directed by Robert Laycock. Designed by Alex Marker. The New Actors Company have been granted support from Themla Holt and StageOne, Timothy West and Tamara Ustinov.
You can see the images from the rehearsals right here:
MuggleNet will be at the play later this month and will post our review afterwards. Are you going to see Bonnie’s new play? Let us know in the comments below.