Coventry Telegraph : Play looks at truth about lies

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Play looks at truth about lies

Ciphers, which runs at Warwick Arts Centre, is based on the true story of MI6 agent Gareth Williams found dead in a sports bag.

By Catherine Vonledebur | November 19, 2013

Inspired by the true story of the MI6 agent Gareth Williams found dead, padlocked in a sports bag, new spy thriller Ciphers asks how well you can really know someone who lies for a living.

When Justine is found dead her sister Kerry sets out to find out what happened, and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was.

Ciphers is a smart, provocative thriller about spies, double agents and the opaqueness of the human soul.

It was written by Dawn King, and directed by theatre’s rising star Blanche McIntyre – recently named Best Director at the TMA UK Theatre Awards 2013 for Headlong’s The Seagull – reunited following their work together on Dawn’s first play, Foxfinder.

Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director of Out of Joint theatre company, said: “Since Blanche worked at Out of Joint as my associate in 2008, I have watched the extraordinary success of her glowing career with enormous interest and pride.

“I am delighted she is returning to Out of Joint to continue her excellent work with Dawn King.”

As one of 10 writers chosen for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme in 2012, Dawn wrote Ciphers as West Yorkshire Playhouse’s writer-in-residence. She is currently taking part in Channel 4’s TV writing scheme, 4 Screenwriting 2013.

Out of Joint returns to Warwick Arts Centre, following its hit production of Top Girls. Ciphers is a joint production with Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The production is suitable for ages 14+ and runs until to Saturday. There is a post show talk tonight. For details visit