The Trap

Posted on 05/09/17 by Omnibus

A biting new comedy about the financial perils of a capitalist world. By Kieran Lynn.

Welcome to Debt Duck, the UK’s premier payday loans company

Tom and Clem are deep in debt.
Alan, Tom’s boss, owes big bucks.
Meryl, Alan’s manager, is mortgaged to the hilt.
They each decide to crack the company safe and put an end to their financial woes.
But will they break the cycle of debt?
Or is this just another terrible trap?

Omnibus Theatre is delighted to announce the European premiere of acclaimed playwright Kieran Lynn’s new play The Trap. Opening on 31st October and running until the 19th November. Press Night Wednesday 1st November, 7.30pm.

Set in a payday loans company, this sharp-witted comedy features a motley crew of flawed characters and takes a closer look at debt and the ethics of capitalism.

The issues explored reflect today’s economic climate, where millions of people face desperate financial struggles and all too easily fall prey to loan sharks. The play also questions society’s complicity in creating endless cycles of debt that ensnare so many people who then spend their entire lives trapped in financial misery.

The Trap, was staged first in the US in April this year and follows on from Lynn’s previous comedy An Incident at the Border, at the Finborough Theatre, which successfully transferred to the West End.

Marie McCarthy Omnibus Theatre’s artistic director said: “We are delighted to be bringing this thought-provoking production to audiences in London. Kieran’s sharp wit and detailed observations tackle pertinent issues which many will identify with.”

Listings information: (for more details see website)
Tues 31 Oct – Sun 19 Nov, weekdays and Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 4pm
Running Time: 80 mins approx. Recommended for ages 14+. Ticket prices - £15, £12 conc.

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Press enquiries to Diana Whitehead, Omnibus Theatre:
Tel: 07939 149887
Artistic Team
Writer: Kieran Lynn
Director: Dan Ayling
Producer: Dan Ayling
Designer: Sarah Beaton (winner of the Linbury Prize 2011)
Lighting: Jamie Platt
Sound Designer: tbc

Kieran Lynn (Playwright) was born in Liverpool, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and now works as playwright. He has been a member of the Royal Court Young Writers program, the Playwrights Studio Scotland mentoring scheme, the BBC Sparks Residential Course and the Old Vic 24 Hour Plays. He received an Artists' International Development Fund grant, awarded by Arts Council England, for the world premiere of The Trap in the United States.
Kieran’s play, An Incident at The Border, was performed at the Finborough Theatre, before transferring to the West End. It has subsequently been performed in the United States, India, Israel, and Turkey and broadcast on BBC Radio 4; it was performed at Amphibian Stage Productions under the title Crossing the Line during the 2016 season. His other plays include Bunnies (Bike Shed Theatre, winner of the Peter Brook Empty Space Award), The Recurring Rise and Fall (Hampstead Theatre), Pushing Poppies (Theatre 503) and Breaking the Ice (Traverse Theatre/Oran Mor Theatre). He is currently Writer-in-Residence at Theatr Clwyd. An Incident at the Border, Bunnies, and Breaking the Ice are all published by Oberon Books.
Dan Ayling (Director) Directing credits include: Vast White Stillness (Brighton Festival/Spitalfields Festival); Struileag (Commonwealth Games, Glasgow); Written on Skin (Bolshoi, Lincoln Center, TSO, DNO, Wien Festwochen, Opéra Comique); The Baden-Baden Lesson on Consent (East 15); Remember Me (Sound Festival/Spitalfields Festival); Clemency (EIF/SO); FLOW, Fewer Emergencies, City of Lost Angels (The Print Room); Bridge of Dreams (Almeida); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara (UK tour/Union Theatre); Christie in Love (Lion & Unicorn); Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Arcola); The Kiss (Hampstead).

Associate/Assistant Director credits include: A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent (Nöel Coward Theatre); Alcina (Aix); The Man Jesus starring Simon Callow (UK tour) Così fan tutte (Metropolitan Opera/ENO); Written on Skin (Aix/ROH); Clemency and Heart of Darkness (ROH2); One Evening (QEH/Lincoln Center); Four Quartets (Lincoln Center); Canary (ETT); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe); Don’t Look Now (Sheffield Theatres/Lyric Hammersmith); Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead). Dan has also worked extensively with Almeida Opera, Cryptic and NYMT and regularly collaborates with Katie Mitchell as her associate director. Training: MFA Theatre Directing (Birkbeck) and BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre (Guildhall). He was Associate Director at The Print Room (2010 – 2013) and Associate Artist at Cryptic (2012 – 2014) He was also Runner Up of the JMK Young Director’s Award 2007.
Omnibus Theatre is a current recipient of the Peter Brook/Royal Court Theatre Support Award. Housed in a former Victorian library in London and inspired by the building’s literary heritage, Omnibus provides vital support for emerging artists to create new work within the building. Notable in-house productions include Spring Offensive (2017), Macbeth (2014), Woyzeck (2013), Colour (2015) and last year’s hit Mule, which was featured as one of The Guardian’s Edinburgh Fringe picks and received 5-stars from The Stage. A registered charity, Omnibus Theatre is led by Artistic Director Marie McCarthy. Patrons include Sir Michael Gambon, Matthew Warchus and Sir Richard Eyre.
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