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Fuel and Ovalhouse present

This Restless State

Created and performed by Jesse Fox | Written by Danielle Pearson | Directed by Jemima James

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Weds 14 - Sat 24 March 7.30pm (Not 18 or 19 March), PREVIEWS Weds 14 & Thurs 15 March

Running time: 75 mins

Venue: Downstairs

East Berlin, 1989. Alone at the kitchen table, the radio on, Margot learns the wall has fallen and with it the only world she has ever known.

Rome, 2052. In the wake of a devastating refugee crisis and The Continental War, Galina waits in line, ready to cast her vote in the first Europe-wide referendum.

London, 2017. Jesse’s train pulls out from the platform, bearing him towards the home and childhood bedroom he’s about to see for the last time.

Combining intimate storytelling with evocative sound, this one-man show takes its audience across our continent’s past, present and future with a story of family, nationhood, conflict and love.

This Restless State builds on the success of Jesse Fox’s recent shows with his company Engineer Theatre Collective, which have seen his work nominated for various Off West End Awards and featured in The New Yorker. He is collaborating with Danielle Pearson, Playwright in Residence at the Watermill Theatre and the winner of the EU Collective Plays! Competition.

Age 14+


★★★★ “superbly-crafted” - The Stage on The Gap in the Light


  • Wed 14 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Thu 15 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Fri 16 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Sat 17 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Tue 20 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Wed 21 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Thu 22 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Fri 23 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Sat 24 Mar, 7:30pm

Performed by Jesse Fox

Written by Danielle Pearson

Directed by Jemima James

Sound Design by Ella Wahlström

Set and Lighting Design by Ben Pacey

Additional information

Funded by Arts Council England and the Leche Trust.
Development supported by Engineer Theatre Collective.

Photo by Guy Sanders

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