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The Mercy Seat

The CAPITAL Centre and the Drama Society have come together to put on a free production of Neil LaBute's "The Mercy Seat". They will perform the play in the Capital Centre Studio on Saturday 28 November and Sunday 29 November.

Playing on the close relationship between humour and tragedy, LaBute explores the shocking and immoral human behaviour that is often found during moments of mass chaos and devastation. The Mercy Seat was the first theatrical response to 9/11 when originally performed in 2002.

Performances are open to all students, staff and external visitors to the University and are free to attend.

Please follow the links below to reserve your FREE ticket:

This production has been entered into NSDF10, a unique week-long event showcasing student performance.

What is "The Mercy Seat"?

Ben works in the World Trade Centre.
Abby is Ben’s boss and mistress.
They have spent the night in her apartment.

It is September 12th 2001.

Neil LaBute's "The Mercy Seat" is a thrilling two-hander set during the aftermath of the terror attacks that shook the world. As the characters are thrown into the claustrophobic world of fate and chance, the idolised concept of heroism that surrounded this tragic event is opposed by Ben as he is selfishly inspired to use this dilemma to disappear, beginning a new life with his lover and leaving behind his family to share in the grief of thousands.