Royal Court to stage thriller by first-time writer ‘Dave Davidson’

Last Updated on 21 April 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

A “slippery new thriller”, That Is Not Who I Am, has been announced for the Royal Court Theatre, exploring ideas around identity theft

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Artwork for This Is Not Who I Am at the Royal Court

The Royal Court Theatre in London has announced a “slippery new thriller”, That Is Not Who I Am, by a supposedly new writer called Dave Davidson.

The play, “in which nothing is as it seems and nobody is who they are”, starts with a man who has his identity stolen on the internet but soon his real life is being “stolen” too.

Who is the person really doing and saying these awful things, and who can he trust to see the real him when the world sees him as a monster? Did the real him ever exist in the first place?

Due to run in the main theatre downstairs from 10 June to 16 July 2022, the new work has been endorsed by leading playwrights Dennis Kelly and Simon Stephens.

That Is Not Who I Am is said to be the first play by Dave Davidson to ever be produced. He is described by the Royal Court only as someone who has worked in the security industry for 38 years.

This means his career started in 1984 when personal computers started to take off with the launch of the first Mac by Apple.

Stephens is quoted by the Royal Court as saying: “Dave Davidson had been working steadily in the fringes of the London new writing scene when I first met him on a writers’ group.

“His work always showed striking potential. But the force and brilliance of That Is Not Who I Am has completely astonished me. It is a play of rare political urgency, savage wit and real compassion and wisdom.

“It is a play that defines this country as it blinks its way out of the pandemic and into a chilling new world. It is, I think, a startlingly significant piece of work. I am so glad Dave came back to writing.”

Kelly is quoted as saying: “Dave Davidson is quite simply the best playwright that this country has never produced.

“The fact that this is his first major production is a shocking indictment of the system. His voice genuinely has the capacity to change everything.”

No other creatives or cast have been announced.

Priority booking for Royal Court Supporters and Friends is now open. General booking opens at midday on Friday 22 April 2022 at

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