Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

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Closed August 12, 2017

Franzmann returns with another uncompromising study into human nature

Why See Bodies?

Nine months, 22,000. One package.

Following her successful Royal Court Theatre productions The Witness and Pests, Vivienne Franzmann returns with a brand-new drama that explores the shady world of human trafficking. Following a suspicious transaction that traverses three countries a mysterious cargo is delivered to London, having been, erm, created in India over a period of nine months and funded by Russia. But what exactly is the product involved? And who is it being delivered to? A searing thoughtpiece into one of earth's cruelest trades.

A former schoolteacher, Franzmann often draws on her previous experiences as inspiration for her gritty dramas. Her first play, Mogadishu premiered in 2011 to critical praise, based on her own story as a teacher targeted by a student's lies after she tries to protect him. Pests, her next work premiered in 2014 at the Royal Court and drew on the experiences of female ex-convicts, and focused on a pair of sisters who were failed by the system in every way imaginable.

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Previews from: 5 July 2017

Opening night: 11 July 2017


Mature themes, suitable for ages 14+

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Cast and Creative


Written by Vivienne Franzmann
Directed by Jude Christia
Designed by Gabriella Slade

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