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Scenesaver has teamed up with The Finborough Theatre to present subtitled content for free. S-27 is available until 31st January 2021.
May is an idealist. She’s fighting for a better world and has sacrificed more than most. So when the old regime is destroyed, she is rewarded with a job as a prison photographer. But as the enemy pass one by one before her unflinching lens – both strange and familiar faces – can they shake her belief in this world she helped create?
Inspired by the work of the photographer Nhem En, who photographed the inmates of Tuol Sleng prison in Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge, and by painter Van Nath who painted Pol Pot and was one of only seven survivors of Tuol Sleng, playwright Sarah Grochala draws on prison records and interviews with both prisoners and Khmer Rouge cadres to create a startling and affecting drama.
S-27 is the second production by Lifeboat Theatre, following Fanny and Faggot by Jack Thorne which had a sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre in February 2007 where it was named Time Out’s Critics’ Choice Show of the Week. It subsequently transferred to the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, and London’s Trafalgar Studios. Director Stephen Keyworth was winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Theatre Award 2002 for his production of his own play Dog Well Done – originally commissioned for and performed at the Finborough Theatre in 2000.