Fifteen years ago, Alice was an interrogator in Guantanamo. The pills she took at the time mean she can’t remember what she did.

Fifteen years ago, Bashir was a prisoner there. Dying of liver failure, he can’t forget what she did.

One day, he visits her.

Lidless, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s devastating first play, won the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting in 2009, and the production won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2010. A work of extraordinary intelligence and finely-balanced sensibility, it marries the implacable logic of a Greek tragedy with an all-too-modern setting.

Lidless played at HighTide Festival and Edinburgh Festival before transferring to Trafalgar Studios.

Cast & Creatives

  • Nathalie Armin
  • Christian Bradley
  • Antony Bunsee
  • Greer Dale-Foulkes
  • Penny Layden
  • Steven Atkinson Director
    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide. His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude). His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).
  • takis Design
  • Matt Prentice Lighting
  • Steve Mayo Sound
  • Tom Mills Music and Sound
  • John Tucker Voice