January - March Season 2013


by Arthur Milner

Tuesday, 26 February – Saturday, 23 March 2013

The European Premiere and UK debut of the acclaimed playwright Arthur Milner

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Critics Choice Time Out
★★★★ Time Out (Critic's Choice)
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ Everything Theatre

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"I've been known to shout "God doesn’t exist" in a crowded restaurant. Nobody killed me"

A prominent American archaeologist working in the West Bank is found murdered by a single bullet to the heart. What was he unearthing that cost him his life?

In this powerful new play, inspired by a true story, two detectives – one Israeli, one Palestinian – must put aside their differences to find the killer and negotiate the dangerous boundaries between facts and faith.

Critically acclaimed director Caitlin McLeod returns to the Finborough Theatre to direct this hard-hitting and provocative play about what happens when the truth becomes too dangerous to reveal.


Arthur Milner is an acclaimed Canadian playwright and theatre director. Born in Frankfurt, West Germany, the son of Jewish refugees, Milner emigrated with his parents to Montreal, where his father, an active Zionist, was president of their local synagogue. His published plays include Learning to Live with Personal Growth, 1997, Zero Hour, Crusader of the World, The City, It’s Not a Country, It’s Winter, Masada and Facts which toured the West Bank and Israel in an Arabic translation in September 2012. He has a long association with the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, Canada, where he was Resident Playwright and subsequently Artistic Director. He has worked in play development for the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, the Banff Playwrights Colony and Playwrights Workshop Montreal; and has taught at Canada's National Theatre School, Montreal’s Concordia University, and at the University of Ottawa and Carleton in Ottawa. His articles on social, economic and arts issues have appeared in Saturday Night and The Globe and Mail, and he is a member of the editorial board of Inroads, A Journal of Opinion. He is also a past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Theatres.


Caitlin McLeod returns to the Finborough Theatre where she has directed two critically acclaimed sell out productions – the GB premiere of Stewart Parker’s Northern Star, and the world premiere of Naomi Wallace's And I And Silence, which she also directed as a reading for Vibrant 2010 – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights and the Public Theater, New York City. A winner of the prestigious Buzz Goodbody award for Best Director, other direction includes One Short Sleepe (South Bank Literary Festival) and Elephant's Graveyard (Warwick Arts Centre). She was Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 2011-2012, where she directed Mahua (New Plays From India reading series) and Love, Love, Love (Mousson d'ete Festival, France), and was Assistant Direction on Haunted Child, In Basildon, Love, Love, Love and Love and Information. Other Assistant Direction includes the upcoming Strange Interlude (National Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe) and The Talented Mr Ripley (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton).


“Riveting. … Milner has dared tackle one the most difficult and explosive political questions on earth… a strong will, a confident pen, clear thinking, a well-informed human being, and a writer passionately engaged… A powerful play.” CBC’s Ottawa Morning

"Facts may be the title of Arthur Milner’s drama about a murder on the West Bank, but the focus is firmly on the relationship between the two detectives, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, interrogating the suspect. Politically charged and volatile as the region has been for many years, Milner demonstrates in his tautly written script that humanity trumps politics" Capital Critics Circle

"A stimulating and provocative piece of theatre which delivers a fascinating political and philosophical debate” Postmedia New


On And I And Silence
Time Out and Evening Standard Critics' Choice
 ★★★★ Four Stars, The Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, Time Out, WhatsOnStage, Evening Standard and TNT
Named one of Lyn Gardner's Best Plays of 2011
“For a potent reminder of the unbeatable power of theatre, look no further than the top-of-its-game Finborough...Director Caitlin McLeod has fashioned an intense, gripping production" Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
"Unmissable" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Wise and powerful” Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times
“Director Caitlin McLeod’s elegant staging...An extraordinary achievement from all involved.” Jo Caird, WhatsOnStage

On Northern Star
"This bracing and beguiling evening resurrects one star and introduces a new one. Caitlin McLeod's production deftly navigates the multitude of voices so that it comes across as the bittersweet celebration of Irishness which Parker intended." ★★★★ Four Stars, Rachel Halliburton, Time Out
“Director Caitlin McLeod, who has an eye for a striking image, marshals a large cast playing innumerable parts with ease." Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide


Philip Arditti

Trained at RADA.

Theatre includes Sixty Six Books (Bush Theatre), The Holy Rosenbergs, Blood and Gifts, England People Very Nice (National Theatre), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Silver Birch House (Arcola Theatre) and Rope (Almeida Theatre).
Film includes Red 2, Sarki Soyleyen Kadinlar, Wall, World War Z, Born of War, John Carter of Mars and Happy-Go-Lucky.
Television includes Da Vinci’s Demons, Borgia, Twenty Twelve, Five Days, Father and Son, House of Saddam and 10 Days to War.

Radio includes The Reluctant Spy and Book of the Week: Then They Came For Me.

Michael Feast

Theatre includes The Tempest (Plays and Players Best Newcomer Award), The Forest, American Buffalo, Dispatches, Watch It Come Down (National Theatre), original cast of No Man’s Land (National Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre), Faust, Measure for Measure, Murder in the Cathedral (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Month in the Country, Twelfth Night, The Master and Margarita, Dr. Faustus, Nathan the Wise, The Seagull, A Christmas Carol and Vivat Vivat Regina (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway), Oliver Twist, The Servant, Saved (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Prairie Du Chien, The Shawl and Ourselves Alone (Royal Court Theatre), The Alchemist, Carousel, Uncle Vanya, The Skin of Our Teeth, Present Laughter and What the Butler Saw (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Pygmalion (Garrick Theatre), Plague Over England for which he was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor (Duchess Theatre), the original cast of Hair (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Beggars Opera (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Possessed (Almeida Theatre), The Accused (Haymarket Theatre), The Passion of Dracula (Queen’s Theatre), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Royal Festival Hall), The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Three Sisters (The Young Vic).

Television includes all the usual series, but Michael would like to draw attention to State of Play and The Stephen Lawrence Case.

Film includes Macbeth, Sleepy Hollow, Prometheus, Velvet Goldmine, The Draughtsman’s Contract, Brother Sun, Sister Moon and Private Road.

Paul Rattray

Theatre includes Three Sisters (The Young Vic), Racing Demon (Sheffield Theatres), Ditch (High Tide Festival), The Shawl (Arcola Theatre), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), East Coast Chicken Supper (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), The Long and the Short and the Tall (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), In The Blue (Theatre 503 and The Young Vic), Cool Water Murder (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), The Anatomist (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Hand Bag (Actors Touring Company at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Wolfskin (Hardware Theatre), Playing the Game (Edinburgh Festival), Decky Does A Bronco (Grid Iron Theatre) and Dinner (National Theatre).

Film includes Rear View, Hollow, Creep, Mike Bassett England Manager, Morvern Callar, Enigma, Max, Furnished Room and Night Sweeper.

Television includes Doctors, Casualty, Last Rights, The Bill, Simple Things and Wet Work.

Radio includes Blackwatch.


Tuesday, 26 February – Saturday, 23 March 2013

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 9 March 2013).

Performance Length: Approximately 75 minutes with no interval.

26 February–10 March 2013

Tickets £14, £10 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats.

Previews (26 and 27 February) £9 all seats.

£6 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 5 March 2011 when booked online only.

12 March–23 March 2013

Tickets £16, £12 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. 

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Written by Arthur Milner

Directed by Caitlin McLeod

Designed by Georgia Lowe

Lighting by Elliot Griggs

Music by Tegid Cartwright

Produced by Daniel Brodie

Presented by Worn Red Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

Lottery Funded

Philip Arditti


Michael Feast


Paul Rattray