Project Dictator

(or ' Why Democracy is Overrated and I Don't Miss It At All')


Commissioned for New Diorama Theatre's  10th Anniversary Season. Touring from 2022.

A riotous double-act are reunited for one final show – on pain of death.

Years ago they were banned, separated and ‘re-educated’. Now, they’re back and couldn’t be happier to star in a celebration of the State and its Glorious History. Their choice? To die on stage – or off it. Hahaha.

Devised by award-winning company Rhum + Clay with Hamish MacDougall, this is a darkly comic world premiere about artistic expression, complicity and the power of a damn good state-censored variety performance.

Following global success with The War of the Worlds, Artistic Directors Matt Wells and Julian Spooner perform, accompanied live by Syrian composer Khaled Kurbeh. Project Dictator was created in collaboration with international artists living under authoritarian regimes, whose anonymous contributions inspire and shape the show.

Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.

Cast & Creatives

Devised by Rhum + Clay

Co-Director: Hamish Macdougall
Performers: Julian Spooner and Matt Wells
Executive Producer: Sally Cowling
Composer: Khaled Kurbeh
Photography: Guy J Sanders