May 06, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Across five centuries of British history, small groups of children seek sanctuary in the same solid, old wardrobe. It's the safest place they know – but is it safe enough?
The Wardrobe is the newest play by National Theatre Studio resident playwright Sam Holcroft. It is a fresh and intimate tale of a 500-year-old wardrobe and the many children who visit it.
Sam rises to the exciting challenge of writing for young audiences and companies of performers by exploring subjects that have been constant across time and place.
The play deals with universal themes encompassing hopes, desires and oppressions which are set across long periods of time.
She explains “Princesses, maids, masters, slaves, school boys, choir boys, soldiers, friends and young lovers all climb inside the wardrobe over the course of five hundred years of British history.”
Sam Holcroft is currently Writer-In-Residence at the National Theatre Studio. In 2009-10 she was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre and in 2009 won the Tom Erhardt Award for up-and-coming writers.
In 2013 Sam Holcroft wrote the libretto for Vasco Mendonça's opera The House Taken Over for the Festival International d'Art Lyric d'Aix en Provence. She is currently under commission from the National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre and Paines Plough.