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Isaac Came Home From the Mountain - Theatre503

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LONGLISTED for The Bruntwood Prize, Carla Kingham directs the world premiere of Phil Ormrod’s searing new play about searching for a future in the dying heart of England. Entitled Isaac Came Home From the Mountain, it runs at Theatre503 from May 9 to June 2, 2018.

A lack of opportunity in rural England impacts strongly on young men and breeds a culture of toxic masculinity, which the production is looking to tackle with a comprehensive engagement programme with a variety of youth groups in Wandsworth and Reading.

That fire – I know you feel it. If you wanted, you could take everything…

Bobby’s out of school and out of work. There’s nothing going and nowhere to go. A job with Mike seems like everything he needs. A steady wage. A bit of self-respect. A chance to make good. If only it were that easy. Driven by a dogged determination to prove his worth, Bobby makes a devastating mistake that leaves him without the hope of a future.

The cast includes veteran stage and screen actor Ian Burfield (National Theatre company member, The Selfish Giant), Guy Porritt (Jerry Springer the Opera, National Theatre/West End), Charles Furness (Sense of an Ending, Sherlock) and Kenny Fullwood.

Writer Phil Ormrod originally trained as a director, spending a year at Northern Stage on an RTYDS bursary, and was co-director of Switchback. Previous writing includes Lies About My Father (ARC Stockton, New Diorama), Homelands (Bolton Octagon) and Mary Whitehouse Looks Down from Wherever (Camden People’s Theatre). He is currently developing an original series with Kudos (Humans, Utopia).

Director Carla Kingham’s previous work includes No Place Like Hope (Old Red Lion), Sea Fret (Old Red Lion/HighTide), You’re Human Like the Rest of Them (Finborough Theatre), After the Heat We Battle for the Heart (VAULTS Festival) and No Border (Theatre503/Oxford Playhouse). She is currently developing a new musical in collaboration with playwright Jane Upton and musician Hannah Peel, and a stage adaptation of Miranda July’s No one belongs here more than you with her company Footnote.

Isaac Came Home From the Mountain is designed by Eleanor Bull, with lighting by Ali Hunter and sound by Benjamin Grant.

Tickets: £17 (advance), £18 (on door), £12 (concessions), £10 (previews), Pay What You Can matinees. To book, call 020 7978 7040 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, plus various matinees.

Running Time: 75 minutes.