2014+2017: 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. 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.
Double billed with downloaded drama City of the Blind.
Warning: sexual violence
Running time: 1 hour
★★★★ “Intense... dark imaginings" The Herald
★★★★ “Highly honed… superb” The Stage
★★★★ "Thrilling... thought-provoking... " EdFestMag
★★★★ “It’s a cracker” The Beasts Pen
“Compelling… rich… provocative” Total Theatre
“Dramatically pure… inventive” Sunday Herald
“Unique… very clever” A Younger Theatre
"Magnificent… amazing theatre” London Grip
Shortlisted Amnesty Int. Freedom of Expression Award
Previous Tour Dates
Scottish Tour 2017
14 October, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
17 October, Lockerbie Town Hall, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live
18 October, Glencairn Memorial Institute, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live
19 October, The Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
20 October, The Brunton, Musselburgh
21 October, MacArts, Galashiels
25 October, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
27 October, East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride
29 October, Mull Theatre, Tobermory
31 October, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
2 November, Birnam Arts, Birnam
3 November, Ardross Community Hall, Ardross
5 November, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick
8 - 9 June, Escola Superior de Artes Célia Helena, Cultura Inglesa Festival, São Paulo
WORLD PREMIERE: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2014
31 July - 24 August 2014, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
24 Oct, Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Written and directed by DAVID LEDDY
Sound designer DANNY KRASS
Production Manager NIALL BLACK
Stage Manager LINSEY JOHNSTONE
Tour Booker CALLUM SMITH
Marketing and Press Consultant NIALL WALKER
For Fire Exit
Consultant Producer KATE BOWEN
General Manager VIVIANE HULLIN
Funded by CREATIVE SCOTLAND
HORIZONTAL COLLABORATION by David Leddy
First edition, 2014.
£9.99 + P&P.
Published and sold by Fire Exit Limited via Amazon.
Information pack and technical specifications:
Available from autumn 2014.
Can be presented at reasonably short notice.
Scale of Venue:
Small to Medium Scale
0-5 on the road.
Length of show:
60mins. No interval
Text based, new writing.
English or Spanish or Portuguese.
Can be presented with or without surtitles.
We offer a range of educational activities, including masterclasses, workshops, and post-show discussions. These are led by David Leddy. Please contact us for more information.
Please contact us for more information on pricing.
To book a show or ask for additional information, please contact:
viviane (at) davidleddy.com
+44 (0) 141 552 6719 (Office)
Original Production Credits
Written and directed by DAVID LEDDY
Portuguese Translation by MARCO AURÉLIO NUNES
Spanish Translation by CONSTANZA BRIEBA
Producer MHARI HETHERINGTON
Technical Manager GERALD MCDERMOTT
Assistant Producer HANNAH PUTSEY
Casting Associate EMILY REUTLINGER
Casting Assistant SAMUEL KEEFE
PR LIZ SMITH
Education Coordinator ANDREW EATON-LEWIS
DUKES THEATRE, LANCASTER, OCT 2014
Friday 24 Oct at 8pm
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014
Thursday 31st July at 3.45pm
Glenna Scacchi Morrison
Friday 1st August at 6.15pm
Saturday 2nd August at 9.15pm
Sunday 3rd August at 11am
Graham De Banzie
Tuesday 5th August at 1.30pm
Wednesday 6th August at 3.45pm
Thursday 7th August at 6.30pm
Friday 8th August at 9pm
Saturday 9 August at 11am
Sunday 10th August at 1.30pm
Tuesday 12th August at 3.45pm
Wednesday 13th August at 6.30pm
Thursday 14th August at 9.15pm
Friday 15th August at 11am
Saturday 16th August at 1.20pm
Sunday 17th August at 3.45pm
Tuesday 19th August at 6.30pm
Wednesday 20th August at 9.15pm
Thursday 21st August at 11am
Friday 22nd August at 1.30pm
Saturday 23rd August at 3.45pm
Sunday 24th August at 6.30pm
Funded by Creative Scotland
Part of Made in Scotland Showcase 2014, see www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com
Commissioned articles on ideas from the show, behind-the-scenes photographs and featured music, are available online.