Head to the West End's glorious Ambassadors theatre to experience the remarkable Foxfinder for yourself, a highly unusual story from a highly unusual playwright known for her extraordinary imagination. Foxfinder is Dawn King's 2011 masterpiece, an extraordinary piece of work that stars the brilliant Iwan Rheon from TV's smash hit series Game of Thrones.
Dawn King has also written a host of other unusual, creative and compelling plays including Dinosaur, Water Sculptures, Zoo, Face Value, The Bitches' Ball and Doghead Boy and Sharkmouth Go To Ikea. And Foxfinder has come in for wide praise from the critics. As The Guardian said, “Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon... the most compelling new work I have seen this year”.
What's the plot? You'll discover a dystopian world – some time in the future or the past, we're never quite sure - where foxes threaten the survival of the human race, for a reason that's never made clear. In this world Foxfinders are brought up from an early age, in monastic-like settings, to hate, fear and track down foxes. When the Foxfinder William Bloor arrives at Samuel and Judith Covey's farm to look into a potential fox contamination, his investigations have unexpected consequences that change his and the Coveys' lives forever. It's fun that the Coveys' name hints at a fox covert, the name for a fox's home.
But are the foxes really to blame for the climate, the weather, the crop failures, the killing off of the human race? King keeps us guessing, and so reveals just how easily we tend to accept the myths we're fed without questioning them.
Winner of the 2011 Papatango New Writing Competition, Foxfinder premiered at London's Finborough Theatre in 2011. The Evening Standard loved it, calling it “grippingly atmospheric, dark and tense... We may not find any foxes here but we'll certainly uncover some terrific young talent”. Spoonfed says it's “clever and original... remarkable script” and The Times says it is “excitingly unusual... fascinating ideas”.
King's plays are widely respected for their originality, and she was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012. She is also the inaugural winner of the National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award. The play has been widely performed across Europe, Australia and the USA and now it is taking its rightful place under the glittering lights of the West End. Don't miss this extraordinary piece. It's perfect for anyone aged fourteen or older.