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Michal Horowicz, Hara Yannas, Daniel Abelson, Fiston Barek in AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur - Orange Tree Theatre - photo by Helen Murray

Premiere of play 'Amsterdam' live streamed

The UK premiere of a strikingly original, audacious thriller from Orange Tree Theatre is streamed as part of Holocaust Memorial Day

An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant.

One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.

Slid her an envelope right under the door and then just walked away. 

Watch the production online until 10th February

During its UK premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre AMSTERDAM by award-winning Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur was filmed and was streamed online on the Orange Tree’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on Monday 27 January at 7.30pm as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

This will be the first production filmed at the Orange Tree to be streamed online with support from The Space, Arts Council England and the Roundhouse.

'A fascinating, multilayered play'           The Stage

'An intense, meta-theatrical play about collective guilt and invisible otherhood'          WhatsOnStage

This co-production between the Orange Tree Theatre, Actors Touring Company (ATC) and Theatre Royal Plymouth will also embark on a national tour in Spring 2020. This is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company. 

Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. Amsterdam won the Jury Prize at Stueckemarkt 2018, held as part of Berliner Festpiele’s Theater Treffen. In 2014, she received the Habima Award for emerging artists, her play Suspended won the first prize of the international playwriting competition of ITI–UNESCO in 2014, and Ten Minutes from Home was commissioned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Her play God Waits at the Station was commissioned by Union de Theatres de l’Europe (an EU initiative), premiering at Vienna’s Volkstheater in 2015.

Amsterdam was Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of Actors Theatre Company. He directed Blood Knot at the Orange Tree Theatre in March 2019. Xia won the Genesis Future Director award with his production of Fugard’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic, where he also directed Blue/Orange. He was previously Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, where he directed Brink, Into the Woods and Wish List, which transferred to the Royal Court Theatre. In 2019 he directed One Night in Miami at Nottingham Playhouse, and in 2018 Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, a new adaptation of Frankenstein by April de Angelis at the Royal Exchange, Shebeen: Mufaro Makubika's Alfred Fagon Award-winning play at Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is a co-founder of Act for Change.

About this Artist

The Orange Tree (OT) is an award-winning, independent theatre. Recognised as a powerhouse that creates high-quality productions of new and rediscovered plays, it entertains 70,000 people across the UK every year.

The OT’s home in Richmond, South West London, is an intimate theatre with the audience seated all around the stage where watching a performance is truly a unique experience.