Foreign Radical by Theatre Conspiracy

Winner of Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2017

Where: Gulbenkian Centre, University of Hull, HU6 7TQ

When: 21 & 22 September

Heads Up Festival: Foreign Radical

Foreign Radical invites 30 participants into an intriguing theatrical game that explores security, profiling, freedom of expression, and privacy in the age of cyber surveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate, and spy on each other.

The Foreign Radical set is divided into multiple playing spaces where participants, depending on personal and group responses to various questions posed by the game’s ‘host’, witness different perspectives on the action. They are at times divided into teams or gather evidence on their own from dramatic scenes and documentary media that inform their views and how they play the game.

A winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2017 and recipient of a Jessie Award for Critics’ Choice Innovation, Foreign Radical is an interactive, multimedia experience with multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic. Each performance is unique in that the audience dynamic influences the outcome.


Foreign Radical was co-created by Tim Carlson, Jeremy Waller, David Mesiha, Kathleen Flaherty, Milton Lim, Aryo Khakpour, Florence Barrett and Cande Andrade. It was developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre, The Cultch and Banff Centre, and premiered at The Cultch in 2015.

Direction by Jeremy P. Waller & Tim Carlson
Script by Tim Carlson
Sound & Music by David Mesiha
Video by Cande Andrade
Lighting design by Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Early dramaturgy by Bruce Barton (Centre for Drama, University of Toronto)

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