Secret terror cells, political conspiracy, police bungling, state-sponsored bomb plots - This is London, 1896. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's classic novel, The Secret Agent is theatre O's heartbreaking and hilarious chronicle of passion, betrayal and terrorism. Set at a time of social upheaval and growing disparity between rich and poor,at the heart of this tale is a woman fighting to protect her young brother from exploitation and violence. In their trademark highly imaginative style, described by The New York Times as, "vivid, enlightening, inventive and compelling", music hall and early cinema collide in theatre O's return to the stage after five years away.
Joseph Alford is Artistic Director of Theatre O. He studied at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq and has a BA (Hons) in Drama and English from the University of East Anglia. His directing work includes Delirium at the Barbican and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin; The Bridge at the Laban Centre and on tour; Arsenic and Old Lace at Derby Playhouse; Astronaut at the Barbican and international tour; The Argument at the Barbican, Mexico, Pittsburgh, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour; 3 Dark Tales at the Barbican, New York, Sao Paulo, Berlin and Edinburgh; Bond at BAC and Edinburgh; and What If...? in Barcelona and Edinburgh. His movement directing work included A Woman Killed WIth Kindness, Beauty and the Beast and Cat in the Hat (also Young Vic) at the National Theatre; Play House at Orange Tree Theatre; The Trial of Ubu at the Hampstead Theatre; Idomeneo at ENO; Clemency at ROH2 and the Edinburgh International Festival and Blackta at the Young Vic.