Driven by a desire for belonging, two Romanian immigrants kidnap an Englishman to learn how to be English. Set in a derelict Victorian public toilet, Occupied is a darkly comic play about identity in crisis.
First performed at Theatre503’s Labfest in 2012 to critical acclaim, Occupied returned to Theatre503 for a full run in April 2014.
Written by Carla Grauls
Directed by Anna Mors
Produced by HurlyBurly Theatre
Design Petra Hjortsberg
Lighting Muly Yechezkel
★★★★ "Mark Conway in the lead role of Alex handles this with great aplomb. In such an ensemble piece, his striking and standout performance is an even greater testament to his talent. Beginning with a loud and playful interpretation he quickly reveals great depth, driving the play forward and always focusing the direction of a scene." - The Reviews Hub
★★★★ "This is a black comedy and there are many laugh out loud moments, mostly at kung-fu lady-killer Alex's (Mark Conway) expense, which carry the audience through the two and a quarter hour show. However, the tension is never far from the surface." - WhatsOnStage
★★★★ "Conway is sparky and has an incredibly exciting physicality to watch. He flies into rages, destroys their ramshackle home and is menacingly threatening, but at the same time has the audience in stitches with
his delivery." - West End Wilma
"Mark Conway compels as mouthy immigrant, Alex."
"When Alex (Mark Conway) is in full drunken rage mode there is genuine petrification in the audience... Conway’s tub-thumping performance will steal Theatre 503’s audiences." - SWLondoner