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A Statement from the Young Vic - 18 March 2020

Following UK government advice, we have now made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming productions of Orfeus and Conundrum.

We ask you please bear with our small, but brilliant Welcome Team as they deal with booking enquiries.

As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a substantial portion of our income, and the insecurity ahead is a huge worry for those who work for and with us, as it is for the theatre sector as a whole. Therefore - if you can afford to - please consider donating the price of your ticket, or another amount however large or small, to the Young Vic.


in a word by Lauren Yee. Directed by Dadiow Lin.

in a word

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Dadiow Lin

Monday – Saturday: 7:45pm

Matinees: Wed 30 Oct & Sat 2 Nov: 2:45pm

£17, unreserved seating

The Clare


Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance, and still nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, nor the neighbourhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings. 

Dadiow Lin, Genesis Future Directors Award recipient, directs Lauren Yee’s critically acclaimed in a word. Yee was the winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize for in a word, a prize awarded annually to an emerging female playwright. 

With Karl Collins, Michael Elcock, Jill Halfpenny.


Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic. The Award will provide Lin with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Genesis Fellow Nadia Latif, Production Producer Holly Aston and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

The theme of art & faith increasingly characterises aspects of the Foundation’s work with choral commissions including James MacMillan’s Stabat mater and the sponsorship of the British Museum’s Living with the Gods exhibition.

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Director Dadiow Lin

Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Lighting Designer Josh Gadsby

Sound Design Max Perryment

Casting Director Isabella Odoffin

Movement Director Rachael Nanyonjo

Voice and Dialect Rebecca Cuthbertson

Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Patrick Ellis

With Karl Collins, Michael Elcock, Jill Halfpenny

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