“Rachel Parish’s taut, naturalistic [production]… is by turns charming and desperately bleak…performed with unnerving conviction." Andrew Haydon, Time Out
"The writing is visceral, full of raw emotion, and provocative..." Anca Ionita, Time Out Bucharest
"A strong realistic drama about a generation lost in the euphoria of freedom" londontheatreblog.co.uk
**** London Time Out Critics Choice
by Gabriel Pintilei
translated by Cristina Catalina
Two teenagers. A jammed lift. No mobile signal.
‘Listen. Listen…days ago, I had this idea. I just couldn’t make it clear in my mind. But now I can.’
Inspired by a true story, Gabriel Pintilei’s moving two-hander explores human dynamics in an extreme environment as it follows two youngsters journey through one of life’s worst nightmares.
Spurred on by a sense of romantic adventure, they find themselves trapped inside the lift of an abandoned building. As one failed escape attempt follows another, and jokes are wearing thin, how long before innocence, friendship and stamina collapse under the weight of their confined existence?
Director Rachel Parish
Producer Cristina Catalina
Designer Will Holt
Composer Joe Hastings
Cast Amrita Acharia and Bradley Hall
Elevator was the main production of the Firehouse Romanian Season at The New Diorama Theatre, which showcased new works by emerging Romanian artists through a series of book and play readings, post show talks, an ongoing art installation and music. The Romanian Season connected UK audiences with Romania’s new generation of playwrights, who are dramatising personal, social and universal issues in ways imbued with striking immediacy and emotional rawness.