New play The Duration commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11

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A new play will premiere in September, commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The Duration will play at London’s Omnibus Theatre between Tuesday, 7 September to Sunday, 26 September 2021


The piece is written by Bruce Graham with direction from Jelena Budimir. Sanna-Karina Aab produces with set and costume design by Sarah Jane Booth, sound designer by Joe Dines and assistant producer Lottie Bauer.

The cast will feature Sarah Finigan (Twelfth Night, The Globe; Suffragette), Florence Roberts (A Hero Of Our Time, HUNCHtheatre International tour; The Night Watch, Original Theatre UK Tour) and Jason Wilson (Hamlet, The Seeing Place Theatre, Henry V, The Gallery Players)

“When I leave here today I drive to the middle of the woods where my mother – a very bright, very logical woman – is hiding because she’s angry and that is why she’s…not making any sense.”

20 years ago, 9/11 changed the world. Globally, it precipitated bloody wars and conflict that endure today – events that have shaped our lives and the world we live in. The world premiere of The Duration by Bruce Graham commemorates the 20th anniversary of this devastating attack and explores its legacy, examining the corrosive and divisive impact that hate can have on society.

For the United States, the collective grief generated by 9/11 had a profound impact on the nation’s psyche. The Duration follows the story of a mother and daughter, both liberal American academics, who experienced a huge loss. It considers different responses to grief, in particular how this mother is radically changed by her bereavement – she buys a gun and heads for the hills.

Bruce Graham surveys the impact of 9/11 on families alongside the premise that America may not have come to terms with its collective grief, resulting in an unresolved anger that helped ferment extremist politics in the US. The Duration demonstrates the fall out – for individuals and a nation – when that anger festers while also offering a hopeful way forward.

Director Jelena Budimir said: “Graham’s characters are rounded and real, his treatment delicate and nuanced, funny and insightful.

“At All Ignite Theatre, we choose plays that highlight the complexity of the world we live in. The Duration will be a great opportunity to debate how 9/11 changed the world, and encourage discussion about how we can survive extreme events without letting them define us. I think the play’s message of hope will promote conversations about healing and survival.”

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