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    Writer Thomas Eccleshare makes his Royal Court debut with new play Instructions for Correct Assembly, directed by associate director Hamish Pirie. A sharp take on topical issues of technology, parenthood and the option of genetic modification, this pertinent play runs for a strictly limited season at Jerwood Downstairs Theatre.

    “Maybe turn down the ‘opinionated’ dial?”

    Writer Thomas Eccleshare makes his Royal Court debut with his latest play, Instructions for Correct Assembly, which plays a limited run as part of the venue’s 2018 season. A sharp take on technology, parenthood and genetic modification, the new production sees two adults give parenthood a second go.

    Hari and Max were not satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’ve decided to give it another go. This time, they’re equipped with a detailed construction manual and handy 30-day money back guarantee. As long as they follow the guidelines step by step, the pair are certain that their little one is going to be absolutely perfect.

    Casting for the production includes Michele Austin (The Seagull, To Kill a Mockingbird), Jason Barnett (Saint George & the Dragon), Mark Bonnar (The Duchess of Malfi), Jane Horrocks (King Lear), Shaniqua Okwok and Brian Vernel (The Seagull).

    Instructions for Correct Assembly is the newest play by emerging award-winning writer Thomas Eccleshare, whose writing includes Schtum, commissioned by Channel 4, and Heather, which toured the UK before a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre. The production is directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie, whose credits at the theatre include Goats, Violence and Son and Teh Internet is Serious Business.

    Further productions in the newly announced season include Rory Mullarkey’s Pity, Ear for Eye by Debbie Tucker Green and Mark Ravenhill’s The Cane. Instructions for Correct Assembly plays at the Royal Court Theatre from 7 April to 19 May 2018, with a press night on 13 April 2018.

    Sorry this show closed 19 May 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

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    Performance dates:
    18 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
    Age recommendation:
    Recommended 14+
    Audience Notes:
    Those who enjoy new writing should visit this production, which touches on some very topical subjects. Fans of director Hamish Pirie’s previous works will recognise his signature style here.

    Latest Audience Reviews

    charlottewhite1's avatar
    charlottewhite1 17 Mar 2019

    Excellent performances from all of the cast. An engaging play and I loved the staging with the bo... More

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    leepeddie Top 100 reviewer 12 May 2018
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    louisemmitt 05 Oct 2018

    An unusual play with an underlying 'what if?' theme. Great roles and portrayals. Quite unusual st... More

    paulfootie's avatar
    paulfootie 26 Apr 2018

    An interesting and entertaining show, a little bit of intelligent sci-fi, reminiscent of The Twil... More

    lizcretten's avatar
    lizcretten 02 May 2018

    I found it a little hard to follow all the way through but picked it up towards the end. Good ent... More

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    minverow 29 Apr 2018
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