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Oil

Past Show

05 Nov - 27 Nov

Heath Ledger Theatre

The time travelling story of mother May and her daughter Amy as they navigate a shifting world.

  • “Scorchingly ambitious, with plenty of renewable energy.”

    The Guardian

Oil

How do we manage our finite resources? Is there any resource more infinite than love?

From the stage of London’s Almeida Theatre hails this epic, explosive play about empire, history, and motherhood as it charts the lifespan of one of our most precious commodities. Starring Hayley McElhinney (Doctor Doctor, The Cherry Orchard) with a formidable ensemble of actors under the direction of Adam Mitchell (When the Rain Stops Falling, Every Brilliant Thing), Oil is an exciting and relevant new work for our time and place.

1886, Cornwall, a family are preparing for dinner by candlelight. A salesman arrives at their farm to demonstrate a wonderful new discovery - the kerosene lamp. The age of oil is beginning.

Spanning 160 years and traversing the globe through Tehran, Hampstead, Baghdad, and then back to Cornwall, Oil is the time travelling story of mother May and her daughter Amy as they navigate a shifting world.

“Oil is everything great theatre should be; ambitious, exciting, and brimming with heart. It takes us on a journey of big ideas in the search for light. It’s the kind of play that comes about once in a decade.” Adam Mitchell, Director.

Dates

05 Nov - 27 Nov

Venue

Heath Ledger Theatre

Duration

2 hrs 45 minutes (including interval)

Content Warning

Adult themes, sexual intimidation, coarse language, depictions of sexual scenes, use of herbal cigarettes, haze, racism, islamophobia and use of stage firearms.

Wheelchair accessible venue

Use the calendar below to view the dates of accessibility services available for this production. Further access information and seat guides can be found via the Accessibility Page.

Media

Artists

Michael Abercromby

Michael Abercromby

Cast

Violette Ayad

Cast

Will Bastow

Cast

Grace Chow

Grace Chow

Cast

St John Cowcher

Cast

Polly Low

Polly Low

Cast

Tinashe Mangwana

Cast

Hayley McElhinney

Hayley McElhinney

Cast

Abbey Morgan

Cast

Will O’Mahony

Cast

Ella Hickson

Writer

Adam Mitchell

Director

Scott McArdle

Assistant Director

Zoë Atkinson

Zoë Atkinson

Set & Costume Designer

Matthew Marshall

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

Melanie Robinson

Melanie Robinson

Composer & Sound Designer

Jean Goodwin

Jean Goodwin

Vocal Coach

Sue Fenty

Stage Manager

Erin Coubrough

Assistant Stage Manager

Annabelle Rossi

Assistant Stage Manager

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