Royal Court Theatre, London
From Fri 10 Jun 2022 to Sat 16 Jul 2022
Noah and Celeste Quilter met on a blind date organised by a newspaper, fell in love, got married and had a baby. But from the very earliest days of their relationship, they were under surveillance. And when they started a fight for their future, they never guessed it would cost them their lives.
In a modern world where reality is whatever we imagine it to be, how do we know the stories we tell ourselves are true? What happens when there's only one person in the whole world you can truly trust? And what if they never take the bins out?
Rapture by Lucy Kirkwood is a slippery thriller about love, power and belief which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 2022, directed by Lucy Morrison. It was promoted under the title That Is Not Who I Am, by Dave Davidson, a pseudonym.
'Just cos it's in your imagination doesn't mean it's not real.'
'Brilliantly tricksy... a remarkably layered, brain-boggling story, in which reality and sanity are under constant scrutiny... Rapture is a thriller, a trickster, and an absolute romp'Guardian
'Undoubtedly a majorly significant piece of writing... a strange political mystery that's exhilarating to watch, but full of things that are frightening to contemplate'Independent
'Explosive... thrilling theatre'Reviews Hub
'Audacious, gloriously cynical, and painfully relevant... unravels with calculated twists and turns, looming mystery, violence, and thrills... When all the cards are laid bare, the true extent of the writer's creativity can only be gaped at in awe; like a spider, they have woven a narrative web and trapped the audience in it'Broadway World
'An enjoyably slippery, enthralling piece of work... Fascinating, and gripping throughout'Evening Standard
'An urgent, unsettling thriller... a knotty interrogation of truth in an era of fake news... Kirkwood's layered text relentlessly challenges the audience to assess our own engagement with the piece, raising troubling questions about how we assess information, what sources we trust, and how much of what we're told we are prepared to believe'The Stage
'Exciting and transgressive... this is intense and overwhelming theatre, raising powerful questions'The Upcoming
'A deeply chilling and hyper real thriller, a masterpiece of fabrication'Culture Whisper
23 Jun 2022Size: 198mm x 129mm
23 Jun 2022
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