The Country

The Country by Martin Crimp

28th September – 23rd October 2010

Co-Production with Arcola Theatre

“There’s not a limit to what can be said, only a limit to how honest we are prepared to be”

A doctor and his wife move to the country with their children to start a new life, but their rustic idyll is shattered one night by the discovery of an unconscious stranger. Who is the stranger and why was she brought to the house?

Fraught with suspense, Martin Crimp’s darkly humorous and compelling play dissects the perfect marriage with cool, cruel precision.

Arcola and Iceni collaborate again following director Amelia Nicholson’s critically acclaimed productions of Victory and The Shawl in 2009.

Cast (in order of appearance)

Corinne Amanda Root
Richard Simon Thorp
Rebecca Naomi Wattis

Creative Team

Director Amelia Nicholson
Set & Costume Design Anna Bliss Scully
Lighting Design Richard Williamson
Sound Design Tom Gibbons
Assistant Director Catherine Hooper

Production Team

Production Manager Jon Sherwood
Stage Manager Rebekah Kirk
Assistant Stage Manager Amelia Hankin
Production Assistants Olivia Shean, Hannah Mulder
Production Photographer Robert Workman
Press Agent Anne Mayer


“The cast is exemplary, inhabiting the sinister nonsequiturs with virtuoso precision. Naomi Wattis’s Rebecca is particularly impressive…”

Time Out **** Critics Choice

“It is impossible to tear your eyes away from the middle class family imploding before you”

Telegraph ****

“Simon Thorp delivers his sporadic dialogue with excellent black-comic timing”

Telegraph ****

“Nicholson’s tightly controlled in-the-round production gives a spiky sense of imminent hazard.  She draws a particularly fine performance from Amanda Root”

Evening Standard

“If what you like is a clear resolution this is not for you but you would miss some excellent acting”

British Theatre Guide

“Up-And-Coming Amelia Nicholson’s production…beautifully revived…. is intense and atmospheric, with a circular stage surrounded by trees and the scent of the forest in Anna Bliss Scully’s lovely design”

Arts Desk

” …excellently illuminated in the set design by Anna Bliss Scully, coupled nicely with intense lighting by Richard Williamson”