Project Description


‘A timely modern political drama’

The Guardian


‘Tremendous theatre, leaving a bold image imprinted on the mind’

The Stage


‘Armitage’s accessible, witty, and at times near-the-knuckle script’

Liverpool Echo

Funny and full of surprises

The Times

A high ranking government minister with a colourful past is sent on a delicate diplomatic mission to Istanbul. But when his trip ends up in a horrific bar room brawl, social media explodes and the enigmatic darling of a political party becomes Europe’s most wanted an overnight. Chased by the authorities, damned by relies leasers, pursed by those looking for vengeance and head-hunted by fanatics, his Odyssey begins.


Writer – Simon Armitage
Director – Nick Bagnall
Designer – Signe Beckmann
Lighting Designer – Mike Robertson
Sound Designer – Jennifer Tallon-Cahill
Composer – James Fortune
Movement Director & Fight Director – Kev McCurdy
Dialect – Hugh O’Shea
Casting Directors – Jerry Knight-Smith & Anne McNulty CDG
Assistant Director – Sarah Van Prays
Costume Supervisor – Jacquie Davies
Advertising & Marketing – Mark Slaughter for makesthree
Press & Publicity – Kate Morley PR


Lee Armstrong
Simon Dutton
Roger Evans
Polly Frame
David Harley
Ranjit Krishnamma
Chris Reilly
Sule Rimi
Danusia Samal
Colin Tierney
Susie Trayling

Produced for and on behalf of English Touring Theatre & Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse