Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate presents 

Trying it On

Written and performed by David Edgar
Directed by Christopher Haydon 

Supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust

“Are we the same person? If not, when and why not? If so, can either of us bear it?”

It’s 1968. David is 20 and in his second year at University. It is the height of the world-wide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics and give focus to his writing.

It’s 50 years on. The 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out?

David Edgar's plays have been presented by the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Destiny, Maydays, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol). After 50 years of writing, Trying It On (directed by Christopher Haydon) marks David’s professional debut as a performer.


“An autobiographical trot through half a century of personal and political change that points to progress as well as disillusionment and disarray” The Times 


“David Edgar’s autobiographical analysis of recent social change is energised with humour and humility” - The Stage 


“Trying It On leaves us with a sense of hope not often found in other works about our own turbulent times.” The Daily Spectacle 


“The playwright’s imagined confrontation with the political activist he was 50 years ago is a triumph of confessional courage – and relentless optimism … Quite simply, he demonstrates that a play can now be whatever its author wants it to be”. - Michael Billington, Guardian



Cast and Creative team

Written and Performed by David Edgar

Director | Christopher Haydon

Designer | Frankie Bradshaw

Lighting & Video Designer | William Reynolds

Sound Designer | Ella Wahlström

Assistant Director | Anna Poole

Stage Manager | Danielle Phillips

Production Manager | Kady Howey Nunn

Produced by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate

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