Devised by Rhum + Clay with Hamish Macdougall


Rhum and Clay

Supported by Arts Council England
Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre

‘Stingingly relevant’
The Stage

‘Pitch perfect’
The Scotsman

‘Painfully relevant… fantastically written’
North West End

‘Vivid, athletic and sensational’

‘What Rhum and Clay accomplishes is incredible’
British Theatre Guide

‘Unique, intelligent… curveball after curveball’
Broadway World

‘Blistering, beautiful and urgent’
The Indiependent

‘An imitably profound theatrical experience’
The Upcoming

‘A masterful piece of theatre… a knockout’
The Reviews Hub

Their choice? To die onstage – or off it.
Beautiful and bonkers – it’s the clown show about totalitarianism you never knew you needed.
Informed and inspired by conversations with international artists living under authoritarian regimes.
Rhum and Clay return after 2019’s smash hit The War of the Worlds and 2018’s The Stage Award-winning Mistero Buffo.

Project History

Following several months of interviews with anonymous international artists living under oppressive regimes, Rhum and Clay was commissioned by New Diorama Theatre to make Project Dictator.
Following a successful run at New Diorama in April 2022, playing 31 performances to regularly sold-out crowds and critical praise, Project Dictator transferred to Pleasance for Edinburgh Fringe 2022, where it enjoyed additional multiple four and five star reviews and played to over 2500 audience members.

We are now actively seeking touring opportunities for Project Dictator in Autumn 2023 and onwards. To request the sharing pack and/or video, please email Producer, Grace Dickson.

Creative Team & Cast

Co-Director and Performers Julian Spooner & Matt Wells
Co-Director Hamish Macdougall
Composer & Musician Khaled Kurbeh
Set & Costume Designer Blythe Brett
Lighting Designer Simeon Miller
Associate Director Mine Çerçi
Production Manager, Associate Lighting Designer & Technical Stage Manager Adam Jeffreys
Sound Engineer Ben Grant
Assistant Director Sam Critchlow
Producer Grace Dickson
Assistant Stage Manager Moya Matthews
Assistant Designer Dan Southwell
Assistant Producer to Grace Dickson Rory Thomas-Howes
Lighting Programmer Ben Garcia
Associate Sound Engineer (Edinburgh) Ryan Anstey
PR Borkowski

CredIt: Rich Southgate

Photography Cesare Di Giglio
Key Art Guy J Sanders