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A play that manages to be gripping and exhilarating while remaining tender in its exploration of love and the gravity of loss, Meet Me At Dawn is a rare spectacle by Zinnie Harris’! This modern-day fable, which transfers to London’s Arcola Theatre this season after a successful run in Edinburgh, draws its inspiration from the legendary tale of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Why Watch Meet Me At Dawn

Set for a limited run in October and November at the Arcola Theatre, Meet Me At Dawn is a critically acclaimed and widely loved theatrical piece. The show won much acclaim for its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017. Five-time Fringe First Award-winning playwright and director Zinnie Harris wrote Meet Me At Dawn as the second instalment in a three-part series in 2017.

The other two performances, The Restless House and Rhinoceros were also well-received by fans and critics alike. Her incredible contribution to British theatre earned her a fellowship at the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2018. Harris is also a recipient of two Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland in 2017 and 2018.

At its heart, Meet Me At Dawn is a short play that efficaciously captures the essence of a singular idea - What would we do if we had another chance to talk to a loved one who is not with us anymore? The set, a single rock (the island) surrounded by a mysterious fog, serves to accentuate the events on stage. Each area of the stage is set aside to represent a particular theme. Since Meet Me At Dawn will only run for a limited time in London, book your tickets early to avoid missing this beautiful play.

The Story

The play opens with a scene depicting two young women washed up on a bare rock, accompanied only by the sound of crashing waves. Helen and Robyn have been victims of a boating accident, and fortunately, they seem to have survived. The couple spend a few minutes talking about the events that led up to the crash and how they could have been sipping on hot soup back at home if not for the fiasco. Robyn, however, is not as calm as Helen. She is constantly haunted by visions of an alternate reality in which her girlfriend met with a different fate in the boat accident.

It soon becomes apparent that Robyn is struggling to cope with the morbid truth of the accident. She realises that a day is the most she will be given to stay with her friend, and Robyn is forced to gather her feelings and come to terms with the truth. A scintillating iteration of the Orpheus and Eurydice trope, Meet Me At Dawn is a breathtaking symphony of true love and longing; an unmatched poetic exploration of the nature of human bonds!

Good for

Date Night | Adult Audiences

Critics Reviews

“A 21st century classic full of its own passionate poetry, its own love, and its own despair.”
– The Scotsman

““Zinnie Harris's new play, a co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Traverse, is a powerful riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.” ”
– Evening Standard

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

The show will run from 9th October 2019 to 9th November 2019.

A relaxed performance will be held on 16 October at 2.30 PM, and there will be no 7.30 PM show on this day.

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 7:30 PM
Sat 2:30 PM

Duration
To be confirmed

Leading Roles
Jessica Hardwick as Helen
Marianne Oldham as Robyn

Directed by
Murat Daltaban

Written by
Zinnie Harris

Additional Info

Disclaimer

Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

Audience
To be confirmed.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

Seating
The Arcola Theatre has a seating capacity of 197.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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My Tickets

Your booking confirmation will be sent via email. Please display the ticket on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the Box Office of the theatre.

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