Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone | Greyscale | Almeida Theatre, London

Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone

Written and Directed by Selma Dimitrijevic
Wed 18 Jul 2012 - Thu 19 Jul 2012

What happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings, and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives?

Intimate and funny, this play presents a lifetime of conversations, condensed into four versions of the same moment.

Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone is a work-in-progress performance followed by a Question and Answer session with the company.

Read what the Press have to say about Greyscale

"The evening unfolded in a series of engaging, funny and thought-provoking surprises."
The Independent on Theatre Brothel

"Dimitrijevic is a formidably thoughtful and talented writer; and if it's possible to shape such a tiny meditative fragment into a worthwhile piece of theatre, then that's what she has achieved, with this strange theatrical act of prayer."
The Scotsman on A Prayer

“Dimitrijevic’s sequence of four repeating mother-daughter conversations is perfectly simple in structure. But within its framework, she produces a superbly subtle analysis of the comedy and agony of this closest of family relationships.”
Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman on Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone

"The evening is intellectually spry – a collective experiment. If it has a single message, it is that the process matters more than the solution. This is Greyscale's credo too."
Kate Kellaway, The Observer, on Tenet



Greyscale was formed by a group of established directors, writers, actors, and designers interested in exploring the fringes and gaps in-between the ways each discipline works. They are interested in the principle that the creative process should be developed through many artistic voices, rather than solely the director and writer. They make carefully structured, powerfully live, original, interactive and anarchic theatre for a modern audience. Winners of the prestigious Title Pending Award for their production of A Prayer, the Company continue to create thought-provoking and innovative work. They believe that the audience shouldn’t get to sit in the dark snoozing, that you should enjoy their shows more than they do and that to get something out, you have to put something in. They return to the Almeida Festival after performing Theatre Brothel in 2011.

Find out more at greyscale.org.uk


Sean Campion
Sean returns to the Almeida with Greyscale after performing in Theatre Brothel at last year’s Festival. His theatre credits include Wittenberg (Gate Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Salisbury Playhouse), Gambling (Soho Theatre), As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), and Berlin-Hanover Express (Hampstead Theatre). Sean was nominated for Best Actor at the Evening Standard, Tony and Oliver Awards for his performance in Stones in His Pockets which transferred to the West End and Broadway. His television credits include Holby City, Vera and Borgia. His film credits include Timbuktu and Goldfish Memory.  

Scott Turnbull
Scott also returns to the Almeida after performing in Theatre Brothel at last year’s Festival. His theatre credits include The Rubber Room (The Old Vic), The Machine Gunners (Polka Theatre), Apples (Northern Stage), The Tempest (KG Productions), Book of Beasts (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company), Hansel and Gretel (Northern Stage), Heartbreak Soup (Empty Space Productions), A Christmas Carol (Northern Stage) and How Many Miles to Basra? (The West Yorkshire Playhouse). His television credits include Little Bastard, The Royal Today, The Bill and Byker Grove. He was chosen by The Independent as 'One to Watch' in 2011 and was awarded North-East Actor of the Year by The Journal.



Selma Dimitrijevic
Co-Artistic Director
Selma is a freelance writer and director and the Co-Artistic Director of Greyscale. Her work as a writer includes Nighttime, Game Theory (co-written with Pamela Carter), A Time to Go, Broken, A Prayer, Harmless Creatures and Extremely Brief and Violent. Her directing work includes Tonight David Ireland will Lecture, Dance and Box by Sandy Grierson and Lorne Campbell (Oran Mor/Northern Stage), What would Judas Do? by Stewart Lee (Theatre Royal Bath/Northern Stage), Waterproof by Andy Duffy, An Incident at the Border by Kieran Lynn, Cyrano by Edmond Rostand (Oran Mor), Theatre Brothel (Hull Truck, Northern Stage, Almeida), Harmless Creatures (Hull Truck Theatre/Greyscale)  and  A Beginning, A Middle and an End by Sylvia Dow (Greyscale/Stellar Quines). Her plays have been produced in the UK, Croatia, Ukraine, Canada and Russia.

Oliver Townsend

Oliver is an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is based in London. His work as a Designer includes Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate), Wittenberg (The Gate), Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Union Theatre), .45  (Hampstead Theatre), The Barber Of Seville (Opera Up Close), Intrigue/Love (Southwark Playhouse), Narcissus (The Roundhouse), The Grimm Bros’ Circus (Bath Theatre Royal & En Masse Theatre), For All Time, The Memory of Water, Blackbird, (Theatre By The Lake), Big Maggie  (Druid Theatre) and L’Etoile (Sherman Theatre). His work as an Associate Designer includes (with Tom Scutt) South Downs/Browning Version, Absent Friends (The Harold Pinter), Realism (Soho Theatre) and (with Francis O’Connor) Vut (Stadttheater Bern), and The Secret Life of Nora (Istana Budaya).


Evening performances 18 and 19 July at 7.30pm

Audio Description, Captioning and Integrated BSL
Wed 18 July at 7.30pm

Running time is approximately one hour followed by a post-show discussion.
Latecomers will not be admitted

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Concessions (Jobseekers Allowance, Full-Time Students, Over 60s, Deaf and disabled patrons) £10.00
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