Project Dictator

29 March - 30 April


Or: Why democracy is overrated and I don't miss it at all.

A riotous double-act are reunited for one final show – on pain of death.

Years ago they were banned, separated and ‘re-educated’. Now, they’re back and couldn’t be happier to star in a celebration of the State and its Glorious History. Their choice? To die on stage – or off it. Hahaha.

Devised by award-winning company Rhum + Clay with Hamish MacDougall, this is a darkly comic world premiere about artistic expression, complicity and the power of a damn good state-censored variety performance.

Following global success with The War of the Worlds, Artistic Directors Matt Wells and Julian Spooner perform, accompanied live by Syrian composer Khaled Kurbeh. Project Dictator was created in collaboration with international artists living under authoritarian regimes, whose anonymous contributions inspire and shape the show.

Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.

Quotes & Reviews

'Wit, pungency and physical skill... deft and ingenious.'
★★★★ The Guardian on The War of the Worlds

'A tour de force... virtuosic.'
★★★★★ WhatsOnStage on Mistero Buffo

The Company

About Rhum + Clay

Rhum + Clay is led by co-Artistic Directors Julian Spooner and Matt Wells, who make physically virtuosic theatre with brilliant creative collaborators.

Over the past decade the company’s productions have toured in the UK and internationally, most recently with acclaimed shows Mistero Buffo and The War of the Worlds touring from the USA to Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, France and Venezuela, the latter also selling out its entire premiere run at New Diorama Theatre. / @rhumandclay

Creative Team

Devised by Hamish MacDougall, Julian Spooner & Matt Wells
Performed by Julian Spooner & Matt Wells
Music Composed & Performed by Khaled Kurbeh
Co-Directed by Hamish MacDougall, Julian Spooner & Matt Wells

🍕 Free Pizza at Every Performance 🍕

Between January - June 2022, New Diorama are offering free slices of pizza to every audience member post-show - in partnership with Domino's Camden.

Yes, really.

All pizzas will be veggie, with vegan and GF options available. Ask at box office if you have any special requirements or allergies.

Find out more here.

Cast & Creatives



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