FIVE TANKS is a new play set in London on the day of a failed terrorist attack. The story follows Dougal who carves out a meagre (and dull) existence by conducting surveys for the government in a call centre. Today, however, he is very late for work because the bus he was on was found to have an unexploded bomb on it. Despite being somewhat traumatized by this, Dougal manages to make it into the call centre as usual. The play then charts the devastating ramifications that this life-threatening experience has on his day on the phones, and how the event also affects his colleagues, with tensions reaching boiling point in the call centre and eventually bringing the whole place to a standstill.
FIVE TANKS is a timely and bitterly amusing play examining the multi-racial tensions prevalent in London today, heightened as they are by the politically-unstable climate in which we live.
The play is written and directed by Lab Ky Mo. Lab has previously worked in film and television, winning the prestigious Carl Foreman Screenwriting Fellowship. In 2003 he directed the feature film Nine Dead Gay Guys starring Steven Berkoff, which was hailed by The Observer as “The most shocking film at the Cannes Film Festival”, and went on to win both the Audience Award at the Montreal International Comedy Film Festival as well as the Best Film award at Dublin L&G Film Festival. Born and raised in Belfast to parents of East Asian origin, Lab attended LA Film School. He is the tutor of the highly regarded Screenwriting short course at London College of Communication, where he is an inspiration to the next generation of screenwriters.
Lab has recently been expanding his writing and directing experience into the theatre, where he has attracted immediate acclaim as an emerging director to watch, and has enjoyed generous support from the Young Vic and Contact Theatre, Manchester. FIVE TANKS is his directorial debut on the London stage.
The cast includes: Brendan Mackey, who was most recently the lead actor in the award-winning film Touching the Void, and also starred in Les Blair’s moving film about the hunger-strikers in Ireland, H3; Daniel York, a classically trained British Chinese actor, who has performed with the RSC, as well as working prolifically with East Asian companies Yellow Earth Theatre and Mu-lan Theatre; and Sarah Sayeed who, in addition to being an actress, is also a singer, poet and performance artist, and was most recently co-Artistic Director of Peshkar, a leading South Asian Theatre company.
Kalm Boy Theatre is a newly formed company set up specifically to platform the work of British-born East Asian writers – a dynamic that is currently under-represented in the theatre world.
FIVE TANKS is generously sponsored by the Arts Council, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, the Unity Theatre Trust and the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
Venue: Hackney Empire – Studio Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ
PRESS NIGHT: 24 October at 7.30pm
Dates: Tuesday 23 October – Saturday 10 November
Ticket Prices: £12 (£9 concession)
Box Office: 020 8985 2424