Hampstead Belongings receives West End transfer

Published June 1, 2011

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s first full length play, Belongings, is to transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 following its premiere as part of Hampstead theatre’s Downstairs season.

The play, which runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 16 June to 9 July (press night 21 June), follows one woman’s quest for identity as she returns to the battleground of a family kitchen after serving in Afghanistan. Having proved herself in combat she finds her hardest battle is just beginning.

Belongings is the first play to transfer from the Downstairs space at Hampstead theatre, established by new Artistic Director Edward Hall as a space dedicated to the development of new work.

Hall commented: “We are thrilled to see what we are sure will be the first of many transfers from our Hampstead Downstairs programme to other spaces.  Trafalgar Studio 2 is a perfect home for work from the programme – the space has an almost identical configuration so productions will lose nothing in the move.  And that our first transfer should be Morgan’s first full-length play is particularly pleasing – one of our aims being to support emerging writing talent – and the performances and Maria Aberg’s pitch-perfect production have really gone from strength to strength during the play’s run here.”

Writer Malcolm – a member of comedy group Trippplicate – has previously written for the stage as part of a team, working on two pantomimes for the Lyric Hammersmith, several productions at the Bush theatre and Platform for the Old Vic Tunnels. 

Director Aberg’s previous credits include The Gods Weep, also at Hampstead, State Of Emergency at the Gate theatre and Days Of Signficance at the Tricycle theatre.

Belongings ends its Hampstead run on 11 June.

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