Tyranny on the rocks.
Cygnet Theatre is thrilled to announce that local director, Lucy Corley, will be working with us to
present Abi Morgan’s Splendour.
In the opulent drawing room of the Presidential Palace, Kathryn, a British photojournalist,
awaits the return of the dictator. Outside, the city is seized by revolution and rebels have
taken over. Kathryn is here to take the dictator’s portrait, but he is late…very late. She is
forced to wait with Micheleine, the dictator’s wife, her best friend Genevieve, and her
kleptomaniac interpreter. It soon becomes clear that Micheleine’s husband has fled the city,
leaving his wife to the bloodthirsty rebels who are bombarding her with increasingly
threatening phone calls. As they drink and talk, facades crumble and bloody secrets are
Lucy Corley is an early-career theatre maker based in the Southwest. Her work seeks
to boldly voice untold or unconventional stories and explore intimacy and connection.
In 2021 she graduated with an MA in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University, where
she trained with Katie Mitchell in her directing methodology. Plays directed while
training included Meet Me At Dawn (Zinnie Harris), Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
Lemons (Sam Steiner) and Far Away (Caryl Churchill).