It’s probably no surprise that Fascism is the subject of quite a lot of theatre at the moment. This week only, the Almeida Young Company is performing two shows that pick apart contemporary political fears. One of them, The Wave, is a straight up dive into ideas about identity, power and control. At the same time, (This isn’t) A True Story looks at truth, conspiracy theories and the reasons why we believe what we believe. Both are being performed a little east of the Almeida at the Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston.
1939. 143 million people in Italy and Germany live under fascism, controlled by dictators. Their leaders are Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. 1963. Milgram’s psychological experiment finds that 65% of participants will follow an authority’s order and administer a lethal electric shock to an innocent stranger. 2019. 17 pupils in a London comprehensive participate in a project on collective identity. What lies around the corner, no one predicts. Written by Molly Taylor (Extinguished Things, Cacophony) and developed with the 14 –18 Almeida Young Company, The Wave asks what happens when everything you thought you knew and trusted about yourself is challenged. *Location: Performances take place at The Rose Lipman Building 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SQ