Two plays by David Edgar, written thirty-five years apart, both exploring the theme of youth and revolution.Maydays
tells the story of the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics; of defection from East to West as well as from Left to Right. It is told through a number of interlocking stories, across three continents and twenty-five years of tumultuous history.
First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, London, in 1983, Maydays
was revived in this new version, also by the RSC, in 2018.Trying It On
is an autobiographical monologue, written to be performed by Edgar, in which the author at seventy confronts the ideals of his twenty-something self. Does he still share the beliefs which once defined him as a person and as an artist? If not, is it he that has changed, or the world itself?
Presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate, Trying It On
toured the UK in 2018, including performances at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Midlands Arts Centre and at the Royal Court Theatre, London – as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside the revival of Maydays
This edition also includes a new introduction by the author.