Blue/Orange

A young black man, Christopher, displays signs of borderline schizophrenia when he claims to be the illegitimate son of Idi Amin, while insisting that oranges are blue. Despite this, Christopher is excited because his month of observation in a psychiatric unit is up and he should be going home. But his young psychiatrist (Bruce) and his mentor and supervisor (Robert) can’t agree on his diagnosis and whether sending him home is advisable. Christopher becomes the ball in a deadly match of power between the two white men.
Blue Orange
Dominic Cavendish writes: “The play treats a familiar theme – who’s mad and who’s sane? – with pulse-quickening insight and wit. It cuts to the heart of controversial questions about cultural assumptions and racial prejudice with surgical precision. Operating as a play of ideas, it unleashes raw emotion on all sides, exposing layers of male egotism and neurosis. Penhall’s drama … fits our unhinged times.”(The Telegraph,28 Sept 2012)

Andrew Buckland returns to the Baxter as the domineering Robert, Nicholas Pauling plays the keen young Bruce, and Marty Kintu plays Christopher.

A very special evening takes place on 25 February: IN CONVERSATION WITH MENTAL-HEALTH SPECIALISTS MARK SOLMS AND SEAN BAUMAN.

Blue/Orange is written by Joe Penhall and directed by Clare Stopford.\

Note: Monday and Tuesday performances begin at 7pm, not 8.15. *

12 Feb - 14 Mar

Starts: 7:00 pm

Drama / Golden Arrow Studio

“The play treats a familiar theme – who’s mad and who’s sane? – with pulse-quickening insight and wit. It cuts to the heart of controversial questions about cultural assumptions and racial prejudice with surgical precision” The Telegraph UK