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A gripping journey through British history that shows how our country was shaped and how connected we are with our past. Across seven centuries, small groups of children seek sanctuary in the same solid old wardrobe. It's the safest place they know - but is it safe enough? The Wardrobe was commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival and premiered by youth theatres across the UK. With a variety of roles for young actors, the play can be performed by a large cast of up to twenty-eight, or a smaller cast with doubling. Sam Holcroft's plays include Edgar & Annabel, part of the Double Feature season at the Paintframe, at the National Theatre, London; Dancing Bears, part of the Charged season for Clean Break at Soho Theatre and Latitude Festival; While You Lie at the Traverse, Edinburgh; Pink, part of the Women, Power and Politics season at the Tricycle; Vanya, adapted from Chekhov, at The Gate; Cockroach, co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse (nominated for Best New Play 2008, by the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland and shortlisted for the John Whiting Award, 2009) and Ned and Sharon at the HighTide Festival. Sam received the Tom Erhardt Award in 2009, was the Pearson Writer-in-Residence at the Traverse Theatre, 2009-10, and was appointed Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio in 2013. 'wonderful... a powerful stimulus for creative drama work' - Drama magazine.
About the Author
Sam Holcroft is currently Writer-In-Residence at the National Theatre Studio. Her plays include Edgar & Annabel, part of Double Feature 1 for the National Theatre; Dancing Bears, part of the Charged season for Clean Break at Soho Theatre; While You Lie at the Traverse Theatre; Pink, part of the Women, Power and Politics season at the Tricycle Theatre and Cockroach, co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. All of these are published by NHB.