Red Black and Ignorant by Edward Bond

Red, Black and Ignorant examines the life of a man who never got the chance to live, who is presented as the charred and blackened Monster, born into the furnace of war. The play explores issues of conformity, social morality and chronic conflict between individual and society, thus losing nothing of its relevance with time.

Red, Black and Ignorant premiered in London in October 2010, as a part of the Edward Bond season that took place at The Cock Tavern Theatre. The season celebrated the six decades of the work of Britain’s most controversial and uncompromising playwright, who changed the history of British theatre and whose plays are studied and performed all over the world.

What made this season of work even more special was that it presented plays that had only ever been produced in Europe or staged once in Britain. This was a fitting celebration of a writer who has constantly pushed the boundaries of a theatre that examines the human condition.


Creative team
Andrew Lewis
Russell Anthony
Melanie Ramsay
Martha Dancy
Alex Farrow
Set Designer: Vanda Butkovic &DO
Costume Designer: Julia Berndt
Lighting Designer: Lee Davies
Make-up Artist: Jess Harling
Sound Designer: Jack Harris
Musical Director: Pavel Tejeda
Producer: Good Night Out


Production is beautiful and haunting. [..] It combined simplicity with profoundity and power. (Edward Bond)

On its premiere, the first of Bond’s War Plays contributed to a hysteric fin-de-siècle, throwing up questions of human morality and existence. […] This production is at its best in its starker moments where the small stage encloses and builds new intensity.
(Remote goat ****)

Red Black and Ignorant has pared things right down so that Bond’s cruel poetics take centre stage. […] The writing weaves this production tightly together as if the actors are riding the wave of the words, though like a pro surfer they don’t feel out of control. […] Important and very relevant production, a play that has been revived with punch and purpose… (Fringe review ****) 

Maja Milatovic-Ovadia’s direction flows easily … and production values here are much greater than the rest of the season. (The Stage)