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Britannia calls a meeting, to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom? In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 t Britannia calls a meeting, to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom? In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme. These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders of the time in this play by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and director Rufus Norris. My Country opened at the National Theatre, London, in March 2017 before playing at venues around the UK.


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Britannia calls a meeting, to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom? In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 t Britannia calls a meeting, to listen to her people. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. The debate is passionate and opinions divided. Can there ever be a United Kingdom? In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme. These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders of the time in this play by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and director Rufus Norris. My Country opened at the National Theatre, London, in March 2017 before playing at venues around the UK.

43 review for My Country; a work in progress: in the words of people across the UK

  1. 4 out of 5

    emma

    this is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad play. -------- Reading this for class; a work in progress

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very weird play. I wish there were more parts were the different regions smack-talk each other. Reading was greatly improved by imagining David Tennant as Caledonia and Michael Sheen as Cymru.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sanjay L

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This play has truly upset me and angered me :(. Such a one sided, racist and classist view and it totally is not MY COUNTRY and totally is not words of many. Its is a select few of privileged voices. Totally terrible piece and really shows how negative Brexit was and how racist views folk have. The only part I enjoyed was reading that almost all except 1 person interviewed in Scotland voted to remain in Brexit. Also it paints a terrible character of the people in Scotland. Truly upset and not a This play has truly upset me and angered me :(. Such a one sided, racist and classist view and it totally is not MY COUNTRY and totally is not words of many. Its is a select few of privileged voices. Totally terrible piece and really shows how negative Brexit was and how racist views folk have. The only part I enjoyed was reading that almost all except 1 person interviewed in Scotland voted to remain in Brexit. Also it paints a terrible character of the people in Scotland. Truly upset and not a great play and so one-sided. Expected better from the NT to speak about diverse countries and show what this country really is :(

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    I was really interested in the beginning about the whole idea of representing parts of the UK on stage having them talk in the voices of their people. So far so good. But then I was really disappointed how it was executed. There was next to no interaction between the regions and it read more as a nearly random collection of quotes. Yes it is divided thematically but still. The funny parts were usually those that did not consist of actual quotes. I expected the author to use the words of people i I was really interested in the beginning about the whole idea of representing parts of the UK on stage having them talk in the voices of their people. So far so good. But then I was really disappointed how it was executed. There was next to no interaction between the regions and it read more as a nearly random collection of quotes. Yes it is divided thematically but still. The funny parts were usually those that did not consist of actual quotes. I expected the author to use the words of people in a clever way but it really felt just like tons of quotes of everyday racists combined with parts of political speeches. Also considering that the referendum split the nations nearly in half, this play made it seem that the vast majority of British people is racist (and sexist) af. And I refuse to believe that this is the reality in Britain. 2 Stars because the idea was nice and I did laugh at times. Could be interesting to hear it with the different accents and dialect but I don't think of this as an actual play since there is nothing really happening. I am a bit upset now with my teacher for making me buy this. If I wanted to read some racist comments, I only need to check social media which is much cheaper than this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David Allison

    Earnest but not entirely lacking in sophistication.

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    katharina

  9. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    TheVeryBookishMe

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lina

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    emma woodhead

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah E.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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    Richie Brown

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  33. 5 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

    Prpages

  35. 5 out of 5

    Tomo

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  37. 5 out of 5

    Peri Walker

  38. 5 out of 5

    Julie Keating

  39. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

  40. 5 out of 5

    Silent_Song

  41. 5 out of 5

    C.

  42. 4 out of 5

    Sp2cg

  43. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

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