Presented by For The Record Theatre Productions

Three new one-act political plays, written by Robert Frew, directed by Anna Clart.



A palace gardener is cornered by his employer, a brutal but beleaguered dictator, who astonishingly hands him the power to determine his fate and that of the entire nation. There is one caveat. To ensure that the gardener acts 'like a leader' and not out of self interest, whatever he decides he will die.

The Palace Garden was a winner of the Scenesaver ‘Just Write’ International Playwriting Award in 2023.



Ruthlessly ambitious parliamentary researcher, Ricky Carter, assistant to the Hon. Hugh Dundas MP, is determined to do 'whatever it takes' to reach the top in politics. However, young Ricky is about to discover that gaining admission to the ranks of the powerful and privileged is a lot trickier than he bargained for.

Batavian was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh International Playwriting Award in 2020.



It is the eve of the Eurovision Song Contest and the national juries are voting. Idealistic young juror, Yusif, attempts to manipulate his country's vote to make a public protest against its authoritarian regime. Fearing the consequences for her protégé, elderly head juror, Sabina, desperately tries to stop him.






Content warning: The production features a gun, some swearing and the depiction of sexual harassment

Theatre Company Reviews:

The Palace Garden:

'Its interesting moral conundrum and slow-building but ever -present tension led to a wonderful 40 minutes of theatre' - Scenesaver

Production Details

Run Time:

  • Act One: 50 mins

  • Act Two: 40 mins

Age Restrictions:

  • 15



  • Sun 2nd Jun 2024 - 7:30 pm

  • Mon 3rd Jun 2024 - 7:30 pm

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