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by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Lidless is an extraordinary and original attempt to show the enduring strain on the victims of the U.S.'s deployment of torture at Guantanamo

David Hare

Fifteen years ago, Alice was an interrogator in Guantanamo. The pills she took at the time mean she can’t remember what she did.

Fifteen years ago, Bashir was a prisoner there. Dying of liver failure, he can’t forget what she did.

One day, he visits her.

Lidless, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's devastating first play, won the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting in 2009, and the production won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2010. A work of extraordinary intelligence and finely-balanced sensibility, it marries the implacable logic of a Greek tragedy with an all-too-modern setting.

Lidless played at HighTide Festival and Edinburgh Festival before transferring to Trafalgar Studios.

Dates & Locations

Cast & Creatives

  • Nathalie Armin
  • Christian Bradley
  • Antony Bunsee
  • Greer Dale-Foulkes
  • Penny Layden
  • Steven Atkinson Director

    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide.

    His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude).

    His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).

  • takis Design
  • Matt Prentice Lighting
  • Steve Mayo Sound
  • Tom Mills Music and Sound
  • John Tucker Voice