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Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Fringe Award
By Henry Naylor
Directed by Michael Cabot


June 27, 2018—July 22, 2018

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Inspired by encounters with refugees, BORDERSis an urgent, moving and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time.

Through two alternating monologues, BORDERStells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, whose paths cross in tragic circumstances.

Written by the multi-award winning Englishman Henry Naylor, (whom the London Times described as ‘one of our best new playwrights’) the show was one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh Festival selling out its entire run and accumulating an astonishing 19 five- and four-star reviews and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

Boldly directly by Michael Cabot, it’s fast-paced, stripped-back theatre which conveys a huge and epic story using just two superlative actors, simple lighting and a couple of stools.

When BORDERS won the Scotsman’s Fringe First, Naylor became one of just a handful of writers to have won the leading award three times.

Featuring Avital Lvova (as Nameless) and Graham O’Mara (as Sebastian Nightingale)


  • Sebastian Nightingale

    Recent theatre credits include: BU21(Trafalgar Studios), Punts (Theatre 503), Carry On Jaywick (Hightide, Vaults, Essex tour), Fatzer: Downfall Of An Egoist (North Wall Arts Centre), BU21 (Theatre 503), Horniman’s Choice (Finborough), Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Wind in the Willows (Chester), Sense and Sensibility (The Watermill Theatre), Cans (Theatre 503), Othello/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester), Hindle Wakes (Finborough), Government Inspector (Young Vic), Alice (Sheffield Crucible), Pedal Pusher and The Winter’s Tale (Theatre Delicatessen), Food (Traverse/B.A.C./U.K. Tour – Fringe First Winner), David Copperfield (Eastern Angles UK Tour), A Man of Letters (Orange Tree), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds), Romeo & Juliet (Wylde Thyme UK Tour), Emma (Good Company UK Tour), The Three Musketeers (Young Vic).
Television credits include; “Doctors” (BBC), “Friday Night Dinner” (Channel 4), “Good Cop” (BBC), “Naked Apes” (Daybreak Pictures), “The Queen: 1974” (Blast Films), “Waterloo Rd” (BBC), “Casualty” (BBC), “Silent Witness” (BBC).

  • Nameless

    Born in Russia, raised in Berlin, and based in London, Avital began her career touring the world in legendary choreographer Constanza Marcas’ Hell on Earth (Winner of the Goethe-Institute Prize for Best Theatre). She then made her screen debut in Silver-Lion-Winner Bahtiar Khudoynazarov’s Waiting for the Sea.
 After training at London’s East 15, Avital starred in Secret Cinema’s immersive Doctor Strangelove, played Queen Margaret in the acclaimed Richard III (Rosemary Branch), and co-wrote and starred in the Edinburgh hit Rebounding Hail. She won the Tom Bennett Comedy Award 2015 and more recently appeared as Lilia Butterworth in BBC1’s “Doctors.”
Since January of 2017, she has been touring the world as Rehana in Naylor’s Angel. 
She helped the show win the overall Critics’ Choice Award at the Adelaide Fringe, got spectacular reviews in New York and was nominated for the Outstanding Performance Award at the Prague Fringe. She will be reprising the role in September at the Arcola Theatre in London.

Michael Cabot / Director

Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies. Since 2000, its productions have played to over 500,000 people at more than 250 theatres in the UK & Ireland. 
Michael has directed all 36 London Classic Theatre productions, including Hysteria, The Birthday Party, Absent Friends, Equus and Waiting for Godot. In Autumn 2017, he will be directing a major new touring production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives.
Borders is Michael’s third collaboration with Henry Naylor, having previously directed Angel (Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Brits off Broadway and Prague Fringe) and the 2016 UK Tour of The Collector for Kathryn Barker Productions.

Henry Naylor / Playwright

In a colourful career, writer-performer-director Henry Naylor has been a sidekick of Rowan Atkinson, appeared in Sam Mendes’ version of Cyrano de Bergerac, and – as half of double-act “Parsons & Naylor” – hosted nine series of one of Europe’s best-rated radio comedies for BBC Radio 2. But he’s probably proudest of his work as a satirist, having not only been lead writer of legendary British puppet show, Spitting Image – but also the creator, producer and director of ITV1’s RTS Award-Winning “Headcases.” His TV writing has also helped “Smith & Jones,” “Dead Ringers,” “Alistair MacGowan” and “Hale and Pace” win three British Comedy Awards, a BAFTA and the Sony Gold.
 After visiting war-torn Afghanistan, Henry began writing theatrical dramas about the War on Terror. His first play, The Collector, about the horrors of torture in Iraq, won the prestigious Fringe First. His second drama, Echoes, has won 10 major International Fringe Awards, and transferred off-Broadway in New York, and off-West End in London.
 Angel completed his trilogy of Arabian Nightmares. At the Edinburgh Fringe, Henry won his second Fringe First.
 Both Echoes and Angel have transferred to New York for month-long runs off-Broadway at the 59e59 Theaters.
 Angel has been translated into French, and at the Avignon Off, was a Coup de Coeur for Le Parisien, Culturebox and Telerama.