My Country; A Work In Progress

My Country; A Work In Progress


'It recognises – and takes practical steps to address – a deep need at the moment'

‘Compassionate, funny and insightful’

In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme. My Country puts their words centre stage.

Britannia calls a meeting, to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate, the darts are sharp, stereotypes nailed and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom?

These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders of the time in this groundbreaking new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and director Rufus Norris. 

Created in collaboration with eight UK arts organisations in association with Cusack Projects Limited.


There will be a post-show Q&A with the Company after the performance on Wednesday 22 June. Attendance is free for everyone with a ticket to that evening’s show.

Access performances:
BSL Interpreted: 20 June 7.30pm
Audio described: 21 June 7.30pm
Captioned: 22 June 7.30pm

Running time: 80 mins (without an interval)

Cast and creatives

In the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy

Director Rufus Norris
Designer Katrina Lindsay
LX Designer Paul Knott
Music David Shrubsole
Sound Designer Alex Caplan
Voice Coach Jeanette Nelson
Staff Director Rosemary McKenna
Casting Wendy Spon
Production Manager Sarah Cowan
Stage Manager David McEvoy
Deputy Stage Manager Carrie Burnham
Costume Supervisor Sarah Holmes
Publicist Vicky Kington

Seema Bowri
Cavan Clarke
Laura Elphinstone
Adam Ewan
Penny Layden
Stuart McQuarrie
Christian Patterson



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