“Leading theatrical innovator” and multi-award-winning director David Leddy’s compelling courtroom drama with a dark twist, Horizontal Collaboration, features a four-strong all female cast and was a huge hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Hailed as “thrilling… thought-provoking” by EdFest Mag and “Highly honed…. superb” by The Stage, the play was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Four steely UN lawyers read out startling interview transcripts from their laptops in an explosive tribunal concerning “horizontal collaboration” – the name given to the supposed wartime crime of having sex with an enemy soldier.
The intense stillness of the courtroom contrasts with the volatile narrative that unfolds around Judith K, an African warlord’s wife. After her husband’s assassination, Judith becomes leader and takes her people on a treacherous path towards peace but can women ever be given the freedom to lead in a different way from men?
The piece examines the psychology of power in times of war. The style of the production is theatrically simple and stripped down, with Leddy describing it as a minimalist chamber piece.
As Horizontal Collaboration progresses, the lawyers turn off their desk lamps one by one until they are lit only by the intense, blue light of their laptops. Then, one by one, they close down their laptops until everyone is left in darkness.
Suitable for ages 16+. Contains disturbing descriptions of sex and violence.
Horizontal Collaboration comes to Lockerbie Town Hall on Tuesday, 17 October and to Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive, on Wednesday, 18 October, as part of their tour of Scotland. Both shows start at 7.30pm.