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About the Show Less...

Nina Raine's new play centres on an unconventional family in its own tiny empire. Read More >

In Tribes, Billy’s fiercely intelligent and proudly unconventional family are their own tiny empire, with their own private language, jokes and rules. You can be as rude as you like, as possessive as you like, as critical as you like. Arguments are an expression of love. After all, you would do anything for each other, wouldn’t you? But Billy, who is deaf, is one of the few who actually listens. Meeting Sylvia makes him finally want to be heard; can he get a word in edgeways?

Nina Raine’s new play Tribes follows her successful debut Rabbit, which won her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Also a director, Raine directed Alia Bano’s Shades at the Royal Court in 2009.

Tribes is directed by hugely experienced director Roger Michell, whose recent credits include The Female Of The Species in the West End, Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse and many productions at the National Theatre. On film he has directed Venus, Notting Hill and Enduring Love.

Tribes is suitable for theatregoers aged 14 and older.

For more about Tribes at the Royal Court read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 14/10/2010

Opening Night: 20/10/2010

Closing Night: 13/11/2010

Running time: 2h05

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Cast & Creative


Jacob Casselden, Kika Markham, Michelle Terry, Stanley Townsend, Harry Treadaway, Phoebe Waller-Bridge


Director - Roger Michell

Designer - Mark Thompson

Lighting Designer - Rick Fisher

Sound - John Leonard

Author - Nina Raine

About Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8AS

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