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Real Knows Real

written by Alexander Salzberger

translated by Marie Parker Shaw

After the #MeToo movement shakes the creative industries to the core, Amir, a celebrated actor-turned-writer living a comfortable middle-class life, decides to go back to the estate where he grew up to make a documentary film about class and toxic masculinity. When he meets his old friends, Amir is forced to confront all of the traumatic memories from his teenage years, and unexpectedly finds himself the subject of the documentary instead of the artist behind it. He is left to grapple with questions about privilege, and with which parts of his life and identity he is willing to exploit for the sake of lending an air of authenticity and credibility to his art. The play, itself not autobiographical but inspired by the playwright’s own background, asks us to interrogate our ideas about lived experience and the authentic voice, and which artists we place those demands on.


Alexander Salzberger – Playwright


After graduating from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2007, Alexander has both worked as an actor, on stage and on screen, and established himself as an emerging playwright and director. In 2012 he wrote, directed, and performed in the monologue Kicktorsken, which was nominated for a Swedish Association of Theatre Critics’ award. In 2017 his first novel was published to critical acclaim, and in 2019 his play Äkta känner äkta was produced by the Stockholm City Theatre.

Alexander can currently be seen on stage at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and has recently been commissioned to write two new plays.

"I want to believe that the themes in my play and the dark humour - which sprung from a Swedish context - can also resonate in the UK".


Marie Parker Shaw – Translator


Marie Parker Shaw is a Swedish Theatre Director who trained as an actress and director in the UK. During her years in London she was Artistic Director for Nordic Theatre Company and performed at various venues, Edinburgh Festival amongst others. 

She moved back to Sweden in 2008 and has since then directed at regional theatre as well as the City theatres of Malmö and Uppsala. 2014-2019 she was the Artistic Director for Månteatern, specialising in contemporary, newly written theatre for young people. She has been nominated twice for the prestigious Thalia award for her directing and in 2019 her production of ”We know where you live”, a musical, was nominated for Political Production of the Year.


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”The contemporary, newly written drama is the voice of the present. A very important one. And a lot of the time, the topics and issues are universal which means that the arts can unite people from all over the world. That’s why it’s extra important to translate emerging voices, because it gives us a bigger perspective on our own lives when we get a chance to look into others. And that’s how theatre really can change lives.”





Scott Le Crass - Director


Scott comes from Birmingham, trained as an actor at Arts Ed and was a director on the Birmingham Rep’s first Foundry Programme.


Credits include: Director- Organised Fun (Online comedy improv show), Roseby Martin Sherman starring Maureen Lipman (Hope Mill Theatre/Sky Arts/Broadway HD), Country Music (Omnibus Theatre), Elmer (UK and International Tour/Sell A Door), Sid (Arts Theatre and UK Tour) The Witches (Watford Palace), Alice in Wonderland (Old, Rep, Birmingham), The Chechnya Plays (The King’s Head/Theatre Deli), Kicked in the Sh**ter (Hope Theatre/Theatre in The Mill, Bradford), Open House (Birmingham Rep and tour).

This year, Scott’s digital production of Rose won an On Comm award and Country Musican Off West End award in 2020.

Rachid Sabitri

Rachid Sabitri - Amir


Theatre includes: The Jungle (St Ann’s Warehouse in New York), The Jungle (Young Vic); Aladdin (West End); I Call My Brothers (Arcola and Off Broadway); Twelfth Night (Westport Country Playhouse, Northampton Theatre Royal); A Nice Indian Boy, Rafta Rafta (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego); Rafta Rafta (National Theatre); The Tale of the Allergists Wife (La Marida Playhouse, Los Angeles); Bloodtide (Pilot theatre company) and Beyond Midnight (Trestle Theatre)


Television includes: Danny Boy, Homeland, Criminal Minds, Madam Secretary, The Odds, Generation Kill, Dr Who, The Walk, Wannabes, Family Business, Blue MurderRadio includes: Tarek, Silver Street, Together

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Peter Singh - Sami


Peter is a versatile actor who can be seen across comedy and drama in theatre, film and television.

He recently appeared in the regular role of DS Phillips in the rave-reviewed 6 part thriller THE CAPTURE on BBC One, and played the role of Tungay in Armando Iannucci's THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, which garnered critical and commercial success.

He will soon be seen in Disney's CRUELLA.




Adam Karim - Nidal


Adam trained at Manchester School of Theatre.


Theatre work includes: Macbeth (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Madness of George III (Nottingham Playhouse), East is East (UK Tour), Untouchable (RADA Festival), Ready or Not (Arcola Theatre) and Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt).


Screen work includes: Years & Years (BBC & HBO), After Love (BFI), Three Girls (BBC) and Carol and Vinnie (BBC - Pilot).

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