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First Drafts: Roulette Player

29 July — 31 July

Ilinca Radulian

A performance that considers danger and reality.

Tickets £5

In a basement, rich people sit and sweat. They bite their fingernails. A man enters with a revolver and one bullet. He puts the bullet in the chamber and spins it. He puts the gun to his head and shoots. Nothing happens. The rich people lose their minds. They’re ruined, they’ve bet against him, for him to die. He just won’t die.




  • Christopher Brett Bailey
  • Cécile Trémolières
  • Duška Radosavljević
  • Ilinca Radulian
  • Josh Anio Grigg
  • Josh Ben-Tovim
  • Mikaela Liakata
  • Roseanna Anderson
  • Inspired by- Mircea Cărtărescu


  • Christopher Brett Bailey

As Director, theatre includes: Fight Club (site specific, RO); Hypothetical; Lost and Found (Rapid Write Response, Theatre503); The Fall of the House of Usher (Central St. Martins); Inland Empire (site specific, USA); FaustusThe Pillowman (American Repertory Theater/Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club).

As Assistant Director, theatre includes: Hamlet (Almeida Theatre and West End), Mary Stuart (Almeida Theatre), A Series of Increasingly Impossible ActsGlitterlandChamber PieceA Streetcar Named DesireWoyzeck (Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith); Le triomphe de l’amour (Bulandra Theatre); One Arm (and a Leg), Theater for a New City; The Untitled Project (Gene Frankel Theater); The Space Between(American Repertory Theater/Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club); Mnemonic (New College Theatre).

Ilinca was the Associate Director on the Secret Theatre national tour. She trained at Harvard University and Birkbeck, University of London.


Created with support from the Almeida Theatre and The Eranda Rothschild Resident Director scheme.

Special thanks to everyone at the Almeida – especially Dani Parr and Lucy Pattison, everyone at The Yard – especially Jay Miller and Lara Tysseling, Dan Raggett, James Morris, Rob Icke.