This Bitter Earth

21 Jun

By Harrison David Rivers | Directed by Peter Cieply | Produced by Alex Deacon

This Bitter Earth

21 Jun

Neil is a privileged white activist fighting for #blacklivesmatter. Jesse is a black playwright reluctant to join any fight. Navigating their complicated love awakens both, but at a terrible cost.

Peter is a director and actor originally from Chicago. He made his UK directorial debut this spring as co-director of Title and Deed for Farnham Maltings, while at Mountview he directed The Truth by Florian Zeller. Chicago directing credits include Five Flights (Immediate Theatre); Under Milk Wood (Barto Productions); and Waiting for Godot (CT20 Ensemble). Assistant director credits include The Skin of Our Teeth (Goodman Theatre) and Brontë (Remy Bumppo Theatre). In San Francisco, Peter directed Keep the Yuletide Gay (Theatre Q); and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall (Actors’ Theatre). Peter also has worked as an actor at numerous companies in Chicago and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alex Deacon is a theatre maker from Nottingham. He graduated from London Southbank University in Drama and Performance in 2018. As an actor, Alex has performed at Nottingham Theatre Royal in Peter Pan and Oliver!. For the Lace Market Theatre he has directed the Chekhov short classic Swansong and assisted on Githa Sowerby’s Rutherford and Sons. He was also a supporting cast member in the Doctor Who Audio Drama Harvest of the Sycorax for Big Finish Productions. Last year he visited Edinburgh International Fringe Festival with Not All Men.

Booking Info


Friday 21 June, 6pm & 8pm

1 festival show £6
2 festival shows £10
1 festival show - Southwark Presents Cardholders £5
2 festival shows - Southwark Presents Cardholders £8

Backstage Theatre, Mountview, 120 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JT

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