by David Greig
20 June 2019 – 10 August 2019
‘Greig’s sharp, clear-sighted writing… Longhurst’s fluid, intelligent production… with a fine ensemble cast of eight. It is the start of an exciting new era at the Donmar’
‘David Greig’s richly resonant play… makes a brilliant opening choice for Michael Longhurst’s new reign at the Donmar. Longhurst’s production and Chloe Lamford’s design perfectly match th eplay’s ability to mix the minute and the metaphorical. The performances are also first rate’
‘The dialogue teems with wit and lyricism… The performances are equally well-judged’
This is what a border is. A magic money line.
Something changed today. The trains are no longer stopping at the station on the border and no one knows why. Plus, the stationmaster suddenly has two new arrivals to deal with. Arrivals that will divide the local population.
This prophetic early masterpiece from David Greig explores our complex relationship to Europe – as a continent, a refuge, an idea.
Michael Longhurst directs the 25th anniversary revival as his inaugural production as Artistic Director of the Donmar.
This production is supported by the John Browne Charitable Trust
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TECHNICAL REHEARSALS FOR EUROPE: TAKE A LOOK BEHIND-THE-SCENES:
Click here to see the full selection of photos from technical rehearsals, and find out more about this key time in the production process.
Literary Manager Clare Slater speaks to Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and members of the Europe company about this timely revival of David Greig’s play.
As well as exploring the text, working on scenes, having costume fittings and practising their movement, the cast have also spent time researching the play’s context and the events happening when the play was written.
The Yugoslav Wars were at their height at the time and last week BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen visited the company to tell them more about his experience of reporting from the Balkans in the 1990s. Get a taste of what they learnt in this excerpt from the session.
In order of appearance
Morocco SHANE ZAZA
Fret RON COOK
Berlin BILLY HOWLE
Adele FAYE MARSAY
Katia NATALIA TENA
Sava KEVORK MALIKYAN
Horse THEO BARKLEM-BIGGS
Billy STEPHEN WIGHT
Director MICHAEL LONGHURST
Designer CHLOE LAMFORD
Lighting Designer TOM VISSER
Sound Designer IAN DICKINSON FOR AUTOGRAPH
Composer SIMON SLATER
Movement Director IMOGEN KNIGHT
Fight Director BRET YOUNT
Casting Director ANNA COOPER CDG
Production Photography MARC BRENNER