Valhalla by Paul Murphy – the second play in Theatre503’s autumn season and the joint winner of their inaugural international Playwriting Award – is a tense psychological thriller set in a world in which men have become gods, but gods have become depraved.
As violence sweeps the city, a young couple flee to an isolated Nordic research facility. On the brink of discovering the cure for a devastating disease, cracks start to appear in their marriage as they are forced to choose between conflicting allegiances to love and science. Conceived against a backdrop of bewitching Icelandic scenery, this extraordinary play asks questions about the ethics of genetic research, fertility and the endurance of human love.
Paul Murphy says ‘I wanted to use the subject of genetic research to explore the question of what makes us who we are, on both the genetic level and the individual level. I’m attracted to challenging pieces of work that ask important questions whilst retaining an emotional rawness. The play provides no answers but I hope it will provoke plenty of questions.’
Selected from over 1600 submissions as the joint winner of the Theatre503 Playwriting Award, Valhalla is directed by the highly acclaimed Jo McInnes (Royal Court, National Theatre, RSC).
To celebrate the premiere of Valhalla, After Nyne are giving away a pair of tickets to see the play.
Follow @After_Nyne on Twitter for details. A winner will be chosen at random on September 15th.
Wednesday 30th September – Saturday 24th October 2015
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm
| The Latchmere | 503 Battersea Park Road | London |SW11 3BW,