The Permanent Way archiveIn 1991, before an election they did not expect to win, the Conservative government made a fateful decision to privatise the railways. Now, twelve years later, as a result of that privatisation, the taxpayer subsidises the system more lavishly than ever before. In The Permanent Way, David Hare, tells the intricate, remarkable story of a dream gone sour, by gathering together the first-hand accounts of those most intimately involved - from every level of the railway system. Funny, tragic and compelling, the play offers an extraordinary parable of British mismanagement which raises questions about the recent history of the country.


Author: David Hare
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Archive listings for The Permanent Way

Work type: Play.


Producer Debbie Hicks. Director Alexander Lass. Design Ruth Hall. Costume Ruth Hall. Lighting Rick Fisher. Sound Roly Witherow. Director Sian Williams (movement director). Director Ellie Collyer-Bristow (CDG - casting director). Performer Anna Acton (An Investment Banker/A Second Bereaved Mother). Performer Jonathan Coote (A Senior Civil Servant/A British Transport Policeman/Another Senior Operating Executive/Lord Cullen). Performer Paul Dodds (John Prescott/A Leading Entrepreneur/A Rail Union Leader/Technical Director of a Maintenance Company/A Squadron Leader). Performer Jacqui Dubois (Dawn/A Bereaved Mother). Performer Lucas Hare (A High Powered Treasury Thinker/A Managing Director of Railtrack). Performer Gabrielle Lloyd (A Campaigning Solicitor/A Bereaved Widow). Performer Tej Obano (A Senior Rail Executive/A Young Man in Denim/A Vicar of Hatfield). Performer Sakuntala Ramanee (Wendy/A Survivor Group Founder). Performer Jonathan Tafler (An Experienced Rail Engineer/A Bereaved Father/A Scottish Literary Editor).
13 Sep 19 to 17 Nov 19The Vaults, Inner London :: V01067696945
listing details L02100807816


Company The Bridge Theatre Training Company (graduates). Director Antony Law.
7 Jun 12 to 10 Jun 12Cockpit Theatre, Inner London :: V182
listing details L01013170971


Company Cambridge University ADC.
14 Nov 06 to 18 Nov 06ADC Theatre, Cambridge :: V18
listing details L1020717593


Producer National Theatre. Producer Out of Joint. Director Max Stafford-Clark. Design William Dudley. Costume William Dudley. Lighting Johanna Town. Sound Paul Arditti. Performer Flaminia Cinque. Performer Souad Faress. Performer Kika Markham. Performer Bella Merlin.
8 Feb 05 to 12 Feb 05Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
listing details L02063601992
1 Feb 05 to 5 Feb 05Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L1322996055


Part of the Travelex £10 SeasonProducer National Theatre. Producer Out of Joint (in association with York Theatre Royal). Director Max Stafford-Clark. Design William Dudley. Lighting Johanna Town. Sound Paul Arditti. Performer Flaminia Cinque. Performer Nigel Cooke. Performer Matthew Dunster. Performer Souad Faress. Performer Sam Graham. Performer Lloyd Hutchinson. Performer Kika Markham. Performer Bella Merlin. Performer Ian Redford.
18 May 04 to 22 May 04Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool :: V536
listing details L01924008033
11 May 04 to 15 May 04The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L1630729289
5 May 04 to 8 May 04Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L2115154787
3 Apr 04 to 1 May 04Lyttelton (National Theatre), West End :: V374
listing details L758725139
8 Jan 04 to 30 Mar 04Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), West End :: V375
listing details L01094794914
10 Dec 03 to 13 Dec 03Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V567
listing details L958501025
2 Dec 03 to 6 Dec 03Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L0569936156
25 Nov 03 to 29 Nov 03Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L019959131
18 Nov 03 to 22 Nov 03Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham :: V143
listing details L01762005245
13 Nov 03 to 15 Nov 03Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L0639906963

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