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The Great Game

The Great Game, 12 new 1/2 hour plays commissioned for the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London NW6 : First produced April 2009 :

Revival Tricycle Theatre July 2010 - December 2010.


Olivier Award Nomination 2009 ‘Outstanding Event’.


The Great Game: Afghanistan

USA Tour


15 - 26 September:

The Shakespeare Theatre

at the Harman, Washington


29 September - 17 October:

The Guthrie Theater

at The McGuire Proscenium, Minneapolis


22 October - 7 November:

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

at The Roda Theatre, Berkeley


1 December - 19 December:

The Public Theater

at The Skirball, Washington Square, New York




  • The production designs, by Pamela Howard and…

    …Miriam Nabarro, effectively convey the passage of time through a lyrical visual shorthand that includes a mural of Afghan history that is whitewashed into blankness.

    New York Times


  • At its best, it demonstrates dramatically rather than…

    …explaining. Pamela Howard’s vivid painted backdrop shows honey-coloured rock, a vestigially monumental Bhudda statue and beards floating among clouds, the painting is first Talibanned : denounced and daubed over with whitewash with disconcerting realism ( the mural does in fact have to be recovered at the end of every performance ) Later, as the Twin Towers fall, it topples down, giving way to a technicolour cerulean sky and poppyfield....

    Susanna Clapp

    The Observer


  • Directors (Nicholas ) Kent and Indhu Rubasingham…

    …continue to imbue each piece with fierce,coherent life and, most movingly of all, Pamela Howard's beautiful painted mural backdrop is whitewashed by Taliban henchmen, then collapses to give way to an uninterrupted vista of poppy fields…

    Fiona Mountford

    Evening Standard

  • …and Pamela Howard's design evokes…

    …to stunning effect. The Twin Towers crumbling as a drawbridge of white opium poppies is lowered into place...

    …And I can only salute the entire cast...., and the design of Pamela Howard and Miriam Nabarro. Something remarkable is happening at the Tricycle, where Afghan history and culture are being made in a uniquely challenging, theatrically exciting way

    Michael Billington

    The Guardian

Press Reviews

Photography by John Haynes

February 2011 two special performances at the Harman Theatre Washington at the request of The White House for all their personnel. Repertoire included “Wood for the Fire” by Lee Blessing directed by Rachel Grunwald designed by Pamela Howard.


Directors Nicholas Kent and Indhu Rubasingham

Project Designer Pamela Howard

Associate Designer Miriam Nabarro

Sequence of plays

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Photography by Miriam Nabarro