Future Conditional proves that when it comes to education, the world still has a lot to learn. Attempting to grasp the current education system, Oglesby’s play follows a myriad of parents, teachers and Alia, a prodigious young Pakistani refugee and the newest member of the Education Commission, who develops a radical idea that may restore Britain’s place in world education. Soon, we find ourselves asking how we can make the system fair, and can a schoolgirl really teach us a valuable lesson?
Written by Oglesby (The Mouse and His Child, Really Old, Like 45), Future Conditional stars Rob Brydon (The Painkiller, Gavin and Stacey) in his first return to a London stage since his appearance in A Chorus of Disapproval. Further cast members include Matthew Aubrey, Louisa Beadal, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Alex Clatworthy, Peta Cornish, Natasha Cottriall, Amy Dawson, Jennifer English, Sam Jenkins-Shaw, Natalie Klamar, Carla Langley, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Louis Martin, Joshua McGuire, Sukh Ojla, Bill Parfitt, Nikki Patel, Howard Perret, Sandra Reid, Sofia Stuart, Eleanor Sutton, Brian Vernel and Carmen Vandenberg.
Directed by Olivier Award-winning Warchus (Matilda, Ghost), Future Conditional features sound design by Simon Baker. A pertinent insight into the British education system, Future Conditional is an important piece of drama from an emerging playwright, which forces us to question our own morals. Opening at London’s Old Vic, Oglesby’s play is sure to ask some glaring questions.