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ATC announces Matthew Xia's inaugural production - Orange Tree Theatre and on tour


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS autumn, Matthew Xia’s inaugural production as artistic director of Actors Touring Company – the UK premiere of Amsterdam by Maya Arad Yasur – will open the Orange Tree Theatre’s Autumn season, running from September 6 to October 12, 2019.

It will then embark on a tour beginning at Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2020.

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.

Amsterdam is a contemporary, audacious thriller that dissects the mechanisms of the stories we make, in order to try to find some order in our chaotic worlds.

Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. Amsterdam won the prestigious Theatretreffen Stükemarkt Award. It is Arad-Yasur’s fourth play to be produced and her most personal.

Matthew Xia was appointed Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company in November 2018. He is one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK. He is a former Associate Artistic Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; and Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.

His acclaimed productions include: at the Royal Exchange, Manchester Frankenstein, Wish List (also Royal Court), and Into The Woods; Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic; and Shebeen at Nottingham Playhouse. In 2019, he directed Eden at Hampstead Theatre, Blood Knot at the Orange Tree and is currently directing One Night in Miami for Nottingham Playhouse.

Xia is a founding member of Act for Change and a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future.

Amsterdam is directed by Matthew Xia and translated by Eran Edry, with design by Naomi Kuyck-Cohen, movement by Jennifer Jackson, lighting by Ciaràn Cunningham and music by Max Pappenheim.