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A tale of greed, adventure and ruin inspired by Kipling's savage debut novella...

★★★★★ 
British Theatre Guide

★★★★★
Broadway Baby

★★★★
What's On Stage

★★★★
The Scotsman

★★★★
The Stage

★★★★
The List

This is the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amid the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings. 

The Man Who Would Be King combines searing text, bold physicality and original music to bring Kipling’s ground-breaking debut novella to life in a thrilling new play exploring Britain’s place in the world today. The production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014 before transferring to the Oxford Playhouse and VAULT Festival London. In 2016 The Man Who Would Be King returned for a 9 week nationwide tour supported by Arts Council England.

 
"A frankly outstanding production, filled with wit, charm and fascination.” 
British Theatre Guide

"Flawless... already looking like a group of theatre-makers to watch out for." 
The Stage

“Superb… a classic piece of mythology as well as a contemporary political drama.” 
The Scotsman

 


Adapted, directed and produced by Dan Coleman
Performed by Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson
Designed by Andrew Riley
Lighting Design by Tom White
Sound Design by Elena Pena
Composed by Dan Nicholson

Production Management by eStage
Stage Management by Vicky Jukes
Video by Adam Loveday-Brown for Kingdom London

 A spellbinding new play inspired by Britain's bloodiest witch-hunt...

★★★★★
British Theatre Guide

★★★★★
Fringe Guru

★★★★
Exeunt

★★★★
The Scotsman

★★★★
Edinburgh Spotlight

It’s 1615, and Magistrates Potts and Nowell are on a mission to arm their countrymen against a plague of devilish outsiders. Until now their chief weapon has been Jennet Device, youngest of the Pendle Witches, the girl whose testimony condemned her entire family to the noose. But now Jennet has grown up, her eyes are starting to open, and, tonight, heads will roll.

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches combines searing dialogue, haunting music and bold theatricality to explore the heart-breaking story of Britain’s most notorious witch-craft trial in a new play by Gareth Jandrell. After sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Festival and Oxford Playhouse Studio in 2015, the production transferred to the Greenwich Theatre and New Diorama, London in 2016.


"This subtly beautiful production has its own enchantment, not to be forgotten.”
 
Exeunt

"Pitch-perfect performances... Chilling and heart-breaking, this is the best kind of history lesson." 
The Scotsman

“A brilliant return from a fantastic, upcoming company” 
British Theatre Guide


Directed and produced by Dan Coleman
Written by Gareth Jandrell
Performed by Amy Blair, Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson
Costume Design by Charlotte Loudon
Composed by Dan Nicholson
Original Theme by Simi Freund

Stage Management by Vicky Jukes

A story of lost love and broken dreams inspired by the sonnets...

Co-created by Naomi Said and Dan Coleman
Directed by Dan Coleman
Choreography by Naomi Said

Composition and Musical Direction by Harry Blake
Produced by Claire Turner

 

Told through text, song, live music and movement, A Fever Longing Still is the story of a lonely soul haunted by the ghosts of the past. It was Dawn State's debut research and development project, designed to allow us to explore our working practices and develop our identity as a company. The two stages of R&D took place in summer 2012 and spring 2013, supported by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Arts Council England and English Touring Theatre.

The cast for R&D1 were Sian Phillips, Clive Francis, Phil Desmueles, Alex Beckett and Naomi Said. The cast for R&D2 were Sian Phillips, Gyuri Sarossy, Owen Whitelaw and Naomi Said.


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DAN COLEMAN                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Dan is the artistic director of Dawn State and a freelance director, producer and dramaturg. Recent work for Dawn State includes The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster (New Diorama & Greenwich Theatre 2016; Oxford Playhouse & Edinburgh Festival 2015) and The Man Who Would Be King (UK Tour 2016; New Diorama & Edinburgh Festival 2014) which he also adapted. Recent freelance work as director includes Todd and God (Edinburgh & UK Tour); Paradoxy (Pegasus Theatre& Trafalgar Studios); Philistines and A Month in the Country (both Oxford School of Drama); The Merchant of Venice (RSC workshop production); Hedda Gabler (Drama Centre London); Dirty Great Love Story (VAULT Festival) and Skittles (BAC & Edinburgh Festival) . Recent work as dramaturg includes Years of Sunlight (Theatre503) and Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre, UK Tour, 59E59 New York & Edinburgh). Recent producing credits include Child of the Divide for Bhuchar Boulevard (Polka & UK Tour) and My Name Is for Tamasha (Edinburgh & Scottish Tour). He was the joint programming director at Theatre503 in 2009, the resident assistant director at Sheffield Crucible in 2010, and the recipient of the TDA emerging producer bursary at Tamasha Theatre Company in 2015. He trained at Birkbeck College. You can contact him on dan[at]dawnstate.co.uk

CHRISTOPHER BIRKS

DAN NICHOLSON

Christopher is a founding member of Dawn State, playing the role of Kipling/Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King and the role of Potts in The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. Other credits include Count Oederland (Arcola Theatre), Holding Hands at Paschendale (White Bear), The Questionnaire, 4.3 Miles from Nowhere and Waiting for Apollo (Edinburgh Festival) & Boys of the Empire (King's Head and Edinburgh Festival). He trained at Drama Centre London.

Dan Nicholson

Dan is a founding member of Dawn State, playing the role of Peachy in The Man Who Would Be King and Nowell in The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. He trained at Drama Centre London, The Vakhtangov Theatre Institute in Moscow and The National Youth Theatre. Dan is an accomplished pianist and percussionist. He composed the original score and songs for The Man Who Would Be King and The Wonderful Discovery of Witches. Other credits include Amadeus and The Cut (Samuel Beckett Theatre) and The Rebel (UK TV Gold).

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Our sincere thanks to Jack Dawson, Jane Claire and all at ETT for their continued support. Thanks also to the amazing Naomi Said and Claire Turner for the huge part they played in getting Dawn State off the ground. 

Dawn State is supported by English Touring Theatre's Forge Development Programme.