06 February 2018, 19:30 - 21:00

Griffons Theatre, Paston College, NR28 9JL. This play has an age restriction of 16+ or parental guidance




British journalist, Maria Vargas, is sent to the country of Illyria to interview the wife of the country's dictator. However, things don’t go according to the plan and Maria suddenly finds herself in the middle of a world of darkness, violence and torture in the war-torn country of Illyria.

Performed by Paston College’s drama students who form part of the Far East Theatre Company.

Performance dates and times

Tuesday 6th February, 7:30pm
Wednesday 7th February, 1:30pm & 7:30pm
Friday 9th February, 7:30pm 

Tickets £5 (concessions £3)
Available from The Griffon site reception (NR28 9JL) or by calling 01692 402 334

Please note this play contains strong language and adult themes and has an age restriction of 16+ or parental guidance

Illyria highlights many of the conflicts being played out via 24hr modern news reporting across Asia: Aleppo in Syria, in Iraq and Afghanistan, in ‘the country formerly known’ as Yugoslavia and the civil war of 1990s between Croatia and Serbia. It references many of the atrocities of the past civil wars and dictatorships of Africa; the Biafra War in Nigeria in 1967, ‘General’ Idi Amin in Uganda in the 1970s, and ‘President’ Marcos in the Philippines and his wife’s obsession with shoes. 2,700 pairs of which were famously discovered left behind in her wardrobes after the Marcos regime was overthrown in 1986. Parallels can be seen in many more violent situations in many more countries, close to home and further away.

Illyria is a play by Bryony Lavery, written in 2002 and published along with a collection of other plays in the book Plays One in 2007. The original 2002 production for the National Theatre Connections festival was directed by Paula Mór.

The title of the play descends from Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, which is also set in a country called "Illyria". Some allusions to Shakespeare's play can be found in the play, such as intertextual quotes from the original Shakespearan play, as well as some characters who share the same names as characters from Twelfth Night.

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