Directors’ Cuts: Us/Them "Startling. Remarkable. Playful as well as moving" - The Guardian
Show image: A man and a woman in grey t shirts with blank expressions and a giraffe plush toy on the man's head

Directors’ Cuts: Us/Them

Wardrobe Theatre, Old Market Assembly

Key Information
  • Dates Wed 20 May 2020 - Sat 23 May 2020
  • Location Wardrobe Theatre, Old Market Assembly
  • Ticket price

    £10 per show

    £35 season ticket for all 4 shows

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"Startling. Remarkable. Playful as well as moving" - The Guardian

By Carly Wijs
Directed by Lucy Hayes
Designed by Bea Wilson
Wed 20  – Sat 23 May

There is a giraffe in the gymnasium, and you cannot wiggle your toes. Why don’t the terrorists want to play with Barbie?

September 2004. Beslan, Russia.

1100 children, parents and teachers are taken hostage. Beyond the facts, Girl and Boy are trying to work out what happened.

Us / Them is a playful exploration of the way we imagine meaning from trauma.

This amateur production of “Us/Them” is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Tickets available from Wardrobe Theatre

A post show discussion, led by the director and designer, will take place following Thursday 21st May’s performance. 

See below for trigger warnings.


Image: Ed Felton


Directors' Cuts Season

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students.

Now in its fourteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the fourth time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre.

Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.



Heloise Lowenthal Girl

Mark Milligan Boy

Creative Team

Director Lucy Hayes

Designer Bea Wilson

Production Manager Jon Sherwood

Stage Manager Lily Baron

Deputy Stage Manager Leila Glen

Lighting Designer Caitlin Ravenscroft

Sound Designer Fred Macleod

Costume Supervisor Charlotte Weiss

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice