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Witness the rise and fall of a new(t) capitalism. Deep in the bowels of an oyster-dredging vessel, an ocean of opportunity arises as a new resource makes contact.

War with the Newts was an updated theatrical re-imagining of Karel Čapek’s satirical, political, apocalyptic, sci-fi classic of the same title, transported to a post-Brexit Britain of the possible future. It was an original adaptation by co-Artistic Director Tyrrell Jones created with support from the rest of the company. The show featured a fully immersive set by theatre and production designer, Hannah Sibai, a terrifying live mixed score with 8 channel surround sound by composer, performer, sound designer, Dr. Robert Bentall and received Summerhall's Lustrum Award for Outstanding Theatre.

War with the Newts previewed at Square Chapel, Halifax and Waterside Arts, Sale and premiered at Summerhall for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018 before a UK tour including Leeds, Manchester and London.

Watch the trailer for War with the Newts on our YouTube channel.

"Very intelligent and very current … Startling pertinent”

Lyn Gardener Gardner, journalist, novelist, associate editor of The Stage

"Uproariously funny when it needs to be, just as it can be sad, mysterious, unsettling and terrifying"

The Skinny

"a striking adaptation of an unfairly forgotten sci-fi masterpiece that will leave you laughing, gasping and shaking with terror...unlike anything else you are going to see at this festival"

Broadway Baby


"Jones’s timely adaptation of Karel Capek’s 1936 novel, a surreal yet savage satire on the depredations of global capitalism and the rise of fascism, brings the polysemic allegory to the post-Brexit, global-warming scorched present."

Morning Star

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