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Horizontal Collaboration (16+)

Saturday 14 October, 7:30pm
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HORIZONTAL COLLABORATION is a courtroom drama with a dark twist where sex, power and politics collide with emotion, seduction and destruction. Four steely U.N. lawyers read out startling interview transcripts from their laptops in an explosive tribunal concerning ‘horizontal collaboration’ –  the name given to the supposed wartime crime of having sex with an enemy soldier.

Written and directed by David Leddy, who is described as a ‘leading theatrical innovator’ (The Times), an ‘institution’ (Independent), a ‘maverick’ and a ‘genius’ (Scotsman).

The intense stillness of the courtroom contrasts with the volatile narrative that unfolds around Judith K, an African warlord’s wife. After her husband’s assassination, Judith becomes leader and takes her people on a treacherous path towards peace… or does she? And can women ever be given the freedom to lead in a different way from men?

The piece examines the psychology of power in times of war. The style of the production is theatrically simple and stripped down, with Leddy describing it as a minimalist chamber piece. As Horizontal Collaboration progresses, the lawyers turn off their desklamps one by one until they are lit only by the intense, blue light of their laptops. Then, one by one, they close down their laptops until everyone is left in darkness.

Shortlisted for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

Suitable for age 16+, contains disturbing descriptions of sex and violence

Approximate running time: 1 hour (no interval)


Supported by Creative Scotland


“INTENSE” The Herald

“SUPERB” The Stage

“INVENTIVE” Sunday Herald

“COMPELLING” Total Theatre

“THRILLING” Ed Fest Magazine


Photo: Minttu Mäntynen.
Concept: David Leddy.
Pictured: Adura Onashile.


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