Ustinov Studio


A Royal & Derngate Northampton, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, and Oxford Playhouse co-production
  • Autumn 2021

Event Information

UK Tour
Opens Ustinov Studio October 2021

In a London psychiatric hospital, a mysterious patient wants out. The problem is that, to him, oranges are bright blue and Muhammed Ali is a whole lot more than just a boxer.

As his doctor and senior consultant debate whether to section or release him, an extraordinary new claim causes them to become more and more divided in their diagnosis. Their power struggle escalates into a startling and provocative exploration of power and privilege, revealing uncomfortable truths about all three men.

Twenty years after Joe Penhall’s (Mindhunter, The Road) ground-breaking Blue/Orange premiered, he collaborates with co-creators Giles Terera (winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Hamilton), Michael Balogun (Death Of England, National Theatre) and Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award Nominee Our Lady Of Kibeho) on a brand new production shining new light upon this incendiary interrogation of power and privilege in modern Britain. The play won the Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard awards for Best New Play in 2001

UK Tour Autumn 2021

Ustinov Studio 29 October – 13 November

Royal & Derngate Northampton, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, and Oxford Playhouse present

Giles Terera, Michael Balogun and Ralph Davis in
By Joe Penhall
Co-Created by Michael Balogun, James Dacre and Giles Terera

Director – James Dacre

Designer – Simon Kenny

Sound Designer – Tony Gayle

Composer – Valgeir Sigurðsson

Associate Director – Francesca Murray-Fuentes

Voice and Dialect – Hazel Holder and Ellie Manners