The Theatre Royal Plymouth is bringing Strange Tales from the West Country, a mini-season of subversive visions celebrating originality, spirit and provocation in the modern world. Two plays, The Here and This is Now by Plymouth playwright Glenn Waldron, and The War Has Not Yet Started by Russian Mikhail Durnenkov which will run in repertoire.  

Simon Stokes directs Waldron’s dark and enigmatic comedy.  The play takes an intriguing and intelligent look at the medical industry and asks in these politically uncertain times, how high is the price of progress?

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes.  But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling? Change is swiftly coming and they asking all the wrong questions…

The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

Directed by Gordon Anderson, The War Has Not Yet Started is a surreal and at times unsettling comedy about everyday people fighting everyday wars.

In twelve twisted parables for the modern age, Durnenkov taps into the fears and strangeness of our daily lives – sexual gamesmanship; what to do with ageing parents, those lying politicians, tensions at the airport, those lying journalists, infidelity and the absurdity implant.

Things happen but no one can see the connections in The War Has Not Yet Started, a strangely, prophetic study of our collective unease about living in the modern world

The Here and This and Now 10th Jan – 10th Feb

The War Has Not Yet Started 17th Jan – 10th Feb

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD. Times: 8pm. Admission: £12 – £20. 0207 407 0234

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk