Like Enemies of the State

London, GB

“It is increasingly rare to find theatre companies that tackle large social issues and topics with the needed rigorous research and diligence to provide real authority and useful insights to their subject.” – David Byrne, Artistic Director, New Diorama Theatre

It’s time to be frank about the changing face of the UK’s arts funding landscape.  In a time of increasing arts cuts, audiences have a larger role to play in supporting the development and production of exciting and essential theatre – the type of theatre we are striving to create with Like Enemies of the State.

"It is a powerfully told and thoroughly researched piece of theatre, with superb use of projection, set, and props. The investment of the excellent cast is clear, with all elements combining to create a well constructed and thoroughly moving piece of theatre." - Amy Watson

Like Enemies of the State is based on the true story of three child soldiers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After managing to escape from one of the world's most hideous wars, they find that life is no longer free for them. They are stuck facing an existence of poverty, outcast from society. A life which is so unbearable that their only other option is to rejoin the war. The production follows over a year of research and development, including writer/director  Tommy Lexén’s journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and encounters with former child soldiers.

“Like Enemies of the State by BeFrank Theatre Company gives a realistic insight into the issues that our organisation works with surrounding children living in conflict zones and in some of the most dangerous countries in the world.” – Marina Abraham, War Child UK

We’re all familiar with costly, large-scale sponsorship of West End shows or galleries, but much smaller donations from individuals and businesses can make a huge difference to an emerging theatre company. With your support comes engagement and ownership – your donations fund theatre that responds to and reflects your priorities, interests and understanding of what contemporary theatre can achieve. To be frank, it makes you an essential partner in the work we do. Thank you for your support.

Like Enemies of the State runs 15-26 October 2013 at London’s New Diorama Theatre. 

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£5.00 or more : Friends will receive a listing on the production website and programme and receive two raffle tickets to win a special prize donated by one of our partners.



£25.00 or more : All of the above benefits, plus an access code for exclusive behind-the-scenes podcasts and video content.



£65.00 or more : Supporters will receive all of the above benefits and a show poster signed by the cast and crew.



£100.00 or more : Allies will receive all of the previous benefits, an invitation to meet the company at BeFrank’s Friends’ Evening at New Diorama Theatre, and an .mp3 audio recording of the play.



£250.00 or more : Advocates will receive all of the above, plus an autographed copy of the script and a photographic print, suitable for framing, from writer/director Tommy Lexén’s journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



£500.00 or more : Champions will receive all of the above, plus an 1:1 script review or master class with Tommy Lexén (may be conducted via Skype depending upon time/location constraints).



£1,000.00 or more : Additional opportunities, including fundraising opportunities, are available for individuals and organisations interested in donations above £1000. Please contact BeFrank’s Development Manager Becka McFadden ( to discuss these.