Over the past 20 years, the Royal Court's International Playwrights' Programme with the support of the British Council, has encouraged emerging writers in all parts of the world to address subjects that they felt were urgent in their societies. In more than 70 countries and over 40 languages writers have felt inspired to write provocative new plays that are responding to our changing world and creating unique works for our times. Over six mornings, an outstanding group of actors and directors will bring to life new plays from some of the world's most exciting writers. Bad Roads
(Ukraine), Aug 8 at 11:00 - A harrowing and bitterly funny new play about Ukraine at war - seen through the eyes of the women fighting, reporting and enduring the conflict. Following Bad Roads there will be a discussion with all the writers from the series, hosted by Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court. Ghalia's Miles
(Lebanon), Aug 9 at 11:00 - Fleeing Lebanon in the hope of building a new life in Europe, Ghalia makes an extraordinary journey through the Middle East. Drainage Alley
(Cuba), Aug 10 at 11:00 - This story of a quiet alleyway in Havana explores Cuba poised on the cusp of opening up to the world. You Never Touched the Dirt
(China), Aug 11 at 11:00 - This subtle and witty play tackles the breathtaking economic transformation of China, the dreams it enables and those it crushes. There is No One Between You and Me
(Palestine), Aug 12 at 11:00 - A woman returns to a hometown she no longer recognises in this haunting new play from Dalia Taha.Performers Kika Markham (Discurso)).
Author Natal'ya Vorozhbit (Bad Roads). Translation Sasha Dugdale (Bad Roads). Director Vicky Featherstone (Bad Roads). Author Maya Zbib (Ghalia's Miles). Translation Katharine Halls (Ghalia's Miles). Director Lucy Morrison (Ghalia's Miles). Author Laura iz Gil Echenique (Drainage Alley). Translation William Gregory (Drainage Alley). Director John Tiffany (Drainage Alley). Author Zhu Yi (You Never Touched the Dirt). Translation Zhu Yi (You Never Touched the Dirt). Director Sam Pritchard (You Never Touched the Dirt). Author Dalia Taha (There is No One Between You and Me). Director Lucy Morrison (There is No One Between You and Me). Author Guillermo Calderon (Discurso)). Director Guillermo Calderon (Discurso)). Translation William Gregory (Discurso)).