The Chaos That Has Been and Will No Doubt Return

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A person stands in front of a grey, multi-story building with a somber expression. Superimposed over the image are several fragmented, poetic phrases in various colors discussing themes of violence, debt, and the impact on a town and its residents.

An evening of noughties bangers and shots mixed with the chaos of violence that young people are pulled into.

Olatunji Ayofe will lead the exciting cast for the premiere of The Chaos That Has Been and Will No Doubt Return. He has recently been seen on our screens as Teddy in Apple TV’s Silo as well as in The Shepherd on Disney+. On stage he has appeared at the New Wolsey, The National Theatre and the Royal Court. To bring to life this epic working-class story about impoverished young people, he is joined by Elan Butler (Masters of the Air, Apple TV; Sex Education, Netflix; House of Sand, Bush Theatre) and Amaia Naima Aguinaga (The House Party, Chichester Festival Theatre; Dear Octopus, National Theatre).

The Chaos That Has Been and Will No Doubt Return aims to explore the beauty of youth against the harshness of the environment. Packed with noughties bangers, shots of shitty gin and swagger, it unfolds in real time, sweeping us along with its rapid pace and linguistic vigour. With the chaos of violence on the streets, austerity in the neighbourhood, and a cracking house party, this show presents a tapestry of restlessness.

Writer Sam Edmunds grew up in Luton and draws on his personal experiences as well as extensive conversations with young people and those who have been directly affected by the threat or consequences of knife violence. Through this, it explores how easily they can be drawn into violence and how anger can lead to catastrophic events. It shines a light on the challenging circumstances that can so often stem from growing up in low socio-economic areas.

The Chaos That Has Been and Will No Doubt Return: Thursday 1st – Monday 26th August 2024

Summerhall (Demonstration Room), Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Tickets: Summerhall Festival 2024