Project Dictator

Edinburgh Fringe


Their choice? To die on stage - or off it. Hahaha.

It's the clown show about totalitarianism we never knew we needed. 

Award-winning Rhum + Clay are back in a critically-acclaimed, beautiful & bonkers premiere - informed and inspired by conversations with international artists living under authoritarian regimes. 

'Vivid, athletic and sensational... surprising, disturbing, and, at its conclusion, desperately moving. Essential.' WhatsOnStage

'Powerfully resonant political comedy... deceptively playful.' The Stage 

'Frenetic two-man comedy... searingly topical.' The Upcoming

'Blistering, beautiful and urgent.' The Indiependent

'Unique, intelligent... curveball after curveball.' Broadway World

'A masterclass... hilarious.' Everything Theatre

'Entrancing... brilliantly performed.' North West End

Following global success with The War of the Worlds, Artistic Directors Matt Wells and Julian Spooner perform, accompanied live by Syrian composer Khaled Kurbeh.

Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.

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

Co-Directors & Performers Julian Spooner & Matt Wells
Composer & Musician Khaled Kurbeh
Co-Director Hamish Macdougall 
Set & Costume Designer Blythe Brett
Lighting Designer Simeon Miller
Associate Director Mine Çerçi
Production Manager & Technical Stage Manager 
Adam Jefferys
Sound Engineer Ben Grant
Assistant Director Sam Critchlow
Producer Grace Dickson
Executive Producer Sally Cowling
Assistant Stage Manager Moya Matthews
Assistant Designer Dan Southwell
Assistant Producer Rory Thomas-Howes
Lighting Programmer Ben Garcia
Get In Technicians Alex Frost, Ethan Hopper


Cast & Creatives



Go Back