Crooked Dances

By Robin French

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone


The Other Place,


Thu 20 June – Sat 13 Jul

Press night: Wed 26 June at 7pm

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has today announced the stage premiere of Crooked Dances, a bold new work by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Robin French directed by Elizabeth Freestone. The production will run from Thursday 20 June to Saturday 13 July in the Studio Theatre at The Other Place which, since its re-opening in 2016, has been home to new commissions by some of today’s most exciting theatre-makers.


Journalist Katy is desperate for her big break, and an interview in Paris with world famous concert pianist Silvia de Zingaro looks like just her chance.


But the odds are against her. After a disastrous interview, Katy feels certain there's a bigger story there than meets the eye. She hunts for clues, finding Silvia has a collection of mystical books and an apparent fixation with composer Erik Satie. Just as Katy's hope begins to fade, a mysterious night-time encounter with the pianist may well give her the scoop she's looking for…


This compelling new play examines music, time and attention in our modern digital age.  Crooked Dances is designed by Basia Bińkowska and further creative and casting information will follow.

Robin French is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His hit sitcom Cuckoo, written with long-term collaborator Kieron Quirke and starring Greg Davies was BBC3's most-watched comedy launch and went on to gain a repeat run on BBC1 as well as nominations at BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards.


Robin’s first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer's Festival and was produced at the Royal Court in 2004, where it earned an extended run. He is a writer in residence for The Birmingham Rep, and under commission to the RSC. His film Crocodile won awards at Cannes, Encounters, and Guanajuato festival in Mexico, and was BIFA nominated for Best British short. Robin is currently writing a feature film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop, as well as developing new drama projects for television.


Elizabeth Freestone is a freelance director whose previous credits include Endless Light  (Kali/Southwark Playhouse); The Duchess of Malfi, Dr Faustus, The School for Scandal, Volpone (Greenwich Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Water Harvest  (Theatre 503) and Left On Church Street (Bridewell).


Previous productions for the RSC include The Rape of Lucrece, Here Lies Mary Spindler, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes and The Comedy of Errors. She was the Associate Director for A Caucasian Chalk Circle at the National and was an assistant director at the Royal Court, Soho and Hampstead. Elizabeth was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre from 2012 to 2017, for whom she directed Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey, In This Place by Frances Brett and Lydia Adetunji, This Same England with Lorraine Stanley, Stand Up Diggers All by Phil Porter and The Hay Play by Nell Leyshon.

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