The Pink Bits

The Pink Bits was the 2004 winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.  It ran for three weeks at the Riverside Studios in November 2004.

A History Play (manufactured, distorted and used....)

inviting the audience into a world of disintegrating facts, shifting maps,
and multiple versions of events... where Truth is constantly rewritten

classroom/ briefing/ battlefield/ inquiry
where myths and gossip scratch

a poppy-field of innocence and guilt, individual and nation;
an intimate exploration of power and accountability.

And a teacher in crisis, plagued by dreams of colonising minds,
obsessed with the elusive nature of fact,

increasingly unable to say anything.

The history lesson will begin...


Devised by the company

Direction and choreography:  Sarah Levinsky

Direction and dramaturgy:  Wendy Hubbard

Performers:  Greg McLaren, Hilda Eusebio, Lucy Ellinson, Taylan Halici,

Rachel Donovan, Alan Lane

Design:  Mamoru Iriguchi

Lighting design:  Ben Pacey

Sound design:  Lewis Gibson

Producer:  Jon Harris

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Review Quotes

“Combining a clever theatrical imagination with a questioning and timely social consciousness, The Pink Bits is no little achievement.  Bitingly funny parallels are suggested between Britain’s education, government and military systems, popular and political culture and, most critically, the occupation of foreign countries then and now.  The cast is game and gifted, the production itself intriguing and unsettling.”  Donald Hutera, The Times

“It's impressively done - intelligently directed by Sarah Levinsky, with excellent lighting and sound work and committed performances all round.”  Robert Shaw, Time Out