Borders by Henry Naylor

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Thu 19 March 2020
Sat 28 March 2020
Approx 1hr 10mins, no interval
£15 & Discounts
The Old Library (formerly Memoirs Restaurant)

Following the recent government announcement regarding COVID-19, we are sorry to announce our upcoming production of Borders has now been cancelled. We will be contacting all ticket holders directly over the next couple of days to discuss your current bookings. For our full statement click here.

“We built walls. We built borders. Around our hearts. Around our minds.”

Homs, Syria – a desperate artist expresses her rage at the Assad regime by spraying the walls  of her devastated city with subversive graffiti.

London, UK – an idealistic, young photographer gradually betrays all of his principals as he climbs the greasy pole of fame and celebrity.

Their paths are destined to cross from across the Mediterranean.

Told through two alternating monologues, BORDERS is an urgent, moving, and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time.

Written by award-winning writer Henry Naylor, BORDERS was one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh Festival 2017 selling out its entire run and accumulating an astonishing 19 five and four-star reviews. Naylor, who is perhaps best known as Lead Writer on ITV’s Headcases and Spitting Image, as well as BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers, has now been described as ‘one of our best new playwrights’ by The Times and the Evening Standard, and ‘one of the finest British writers on contemporary events’ in Theatre Extra.

BORDERS will be directed by Ryan McBryde, and will take place at The Old Library, Colchester (formerly Memoirs Restaurant).


Saturday 21st March – 8:40pm

Human Rights, Refugees and Photographing Conflict – Post-show talk back with human rights expert Dr. Katya Al Khateeb, social change maker Carla Boulos and photo-journalist Gus Waschefort.

Thursday 26th March – 8:40pm

Syrian Voices – Post-show talk back with Refugee Action.


To celebrate our up-coming production of Borders we have launched our first ever photography competition. We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of this competition is Peter Liversidge. Peter will be taking the official production photograph’s for Borders as part of a fully paid photography session – keep an eye out for his images on our website and social media pages in the coming days!

To find out more, click here.

An interview with our Creative Director, Ryan McBryde


BORDERS will take place at the Old Library, Colchester – a beautiful listed building behind Colchester Town Hall. The entrance is at the side of the Town Hall on West Stockwell Street.

The venue is accessed via 6 steps, which have handrails. If you cannot use the stairs, there is a stair climber available, with a wheelchair provided or to which you can fit your manual wheelchair.  There will be a member of staff on hand to help you use it.

The venue will be open 30 minutes prior to the performance and you can buy drinks from the bar both before and after the performance. There will be no interval during this performance and the audience will remain seated throughout.

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