Nick Darke Award winner Carla Grauls tours 'Occupied'

Tuesday 18 February 2014
Carla Grauls, winner of the Nick Darke Award 2013
Photo: Artur Tixiliski, Cartel Photos

Carla Grauls, Nick Darke Award winner, London-based writer and artistic director of the Hurlyburly Theatre Company, is touring her acclaimed play Occupied.

Carla, who was awarded £6,000 from the Nick Darke Award for her dystopian feminist stage play last October, continues to tour her original writing with this minimal play set in a toilet.

Occupied explores Romanian experience in the UK; it tells the story of two Romanian immigrants who, driven by a desire for belonging, kidnap an Englishman. A dark comedy, Occupied is inspired by Carla's own cultural exchange trip to Romania, and has received support from Romanian Cultural Centre in the UK.

The play explores identity crisis and takes a contemporary look at immigrants in London and the effects of prevailing cultural stereotypes.

First performed at Theatre503's Labfest in 2012 to critical acclaim, Occupied is directed by Anna Mors, winner of the Kevin Spacey Grant for Emerging Artist 2013, and designed by Petra Hjortsberg.

For information and tickets visit the Theatre503 website.