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Building the Wall
"Shit rolls downhill and the little guy takes the fall while the people who really set things in motion, they always walk. Always."
2019, America. Rick is incarcerated awaiting sentencing for the crime of the century. He grants just one interview – to Gloria, an African American historian. In a world where history is written by the winners, Gloria wants a full account. Unfiltered. Direct from source.
Building the Wall examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes a cog in a regime and how the inconceivable becomes the inevitable.
Don’t miss the UK Premiere of this gripping political thriller from Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Academy award nominee.
The story has already begun. Is this how it ends?
Written by Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Jez Bond
- Cancellation Policy
No exchange or refunds after purchase.
90 mins (approx).
- Good To Know
Press Night: Fri 4 May, 7pm
5th Birthday Gala: Tue 15 May, 6pm
Captioned: Tue 22 May 7.30pm
Audio Described: Fri 1 Jun 7.30pm (Touch Tour, 6pm)
- Suitable For Children
Age restriction of 13+
- When Can I Go
2 May – 2 June 2018
Times: Evenings Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3pm
- Where Do I Go
Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP
Finsbury Park is on the Victoria and Piccadilly lines (including the new weekend Night Tube) and is just 5 minutes from Kings Cross and 11 minutes from Oxford Circus.
Finsbury Park is 9 minutes from Old Street, 11 minutes from Moorgate - and only 35 minutes from Welwyn Garden City and Hertford North.
There are regular bus services to Finsbury Park from Camden, Crouch End, Highgate, Hampstead, Islington, Muswell Hill, Stoke Newington, Stroud Green etc...
Latest customer reviews
A disturbingly brilliant night at the Park Theatre
21 May 2018
Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan is a play that gets completely under your skin. A single setting; a single scene; a single conversation between two people. What could be simpler? And so you are drawn in very easily. Everything seems familiar, the references, the situation, the prisoner and the interrogator scenario. We've seen this sort of thing before so we are on familiar ground, aren't we? Okay, so we are 18 months into the future but nothing much can have changed in that time, can it? Apparently not but something doesn't feel quite right. And so begins an 80 minute conversation that takes us from seeming normality into a dystopian verson of the world we know and it seems to make such easy sense that there is an air if inevitablilty about it. Which is slightly terrifying as you watch the story unfold. I don't want to give too much away - you need to experience it for yourself - but there are moments when you find yourself thinking (and almost shouting out loud) "No, this can't be happening". But it is. And the realistic potential of it being a true story is all too easy to accept. The production is masterly. Brilliantly directed by Jez Bond, the story starts quite gently but from the opening an uncertainty hangs over the room where the two characters are on permanent view. The room is small, transparent and claustrophobic. It is secure but only in a notional way as there is absolutely nowhere to hide from the stark reality of the scene and the truth that becomes more apparent as the play develops. Angela Griffin is superb as Gloria, both vulnerable but focussed as she is on a mission to get to the truth. She shows determination and subtlety as she never allows the conversation to move too far from her reason for being there. Angela Griffin's acting is perfect as she reflects the interest and, ultimately, the horror of what the audience is feeling. She leads us sublimely to a full understanding of what has happened, something she has clearly known all along. The intimacy of the setting means we see every thought and emotion so brilliantly protrayed by two fine actors. The box room provides definition to the setting but emphasies how exposed the characters are. Although the room is so small, it is still sometimes impossible to watch both of them at once. This play is worth a second (if not a third) viewing, if for no other reason than to just watch each actor for the entire performance. Trevor White's performance as Rick is really strong. He has clearly done something wrong but for the majority of the play, we are uncertain as to how bad his actions have been. There are times when you feel you could forgive him. He is quite likeable in some ways which is testament to his fantastic performance. What stays with you most after seeing Building the Wall is just how possible it is that the story could be true. Recent political situations in this country and across the world have left many millions of us confused and bemused about what the world is coming too. But an instinctive commitment to believing that right will prevail is part of our psyche that keeps us going despite what we are seeing on a daily basis. Building the Wall questions our naivety and makes a horror on the scale we haven't seen for 70 years become a potential reality. It isn't the ridiculous idea that we might want it to be. We are shown all too bluntly that things we think impossible are distinctly possible. I was confused why people voted for Brexit but utterly bewildered and furious that people voted for Trump. This remarkable play makes you see why millions of Americans voted the way they did and it is uncomfortable but compelling viewing. I cannot recommend this play enough. Go and see it while you can.
Matt Cull Confirmed ticket purchaser
18 May 2018
Powerful, excellent, thought-provoking
H Confirmed ticket purchaser
17 May 2018
Riveting. Frightening. Compelling. Heartbreaking. And it can happen. Interesting- play was packed. A lot of Americans in audience (including me). Highly recommend!
Susan Hathaway Confirmed ticket purchaser