God of Chaos

Theatre Royal Plymouth

A Theatre Royal Plymouth production

God of Chaos


Thursday 7 - Saturday 23 March 2019 Download Calendar

The Drum

This show contains adult content.


It’s like smacking a baby to stop it from crying. Or fighting some superbug with antibiotics. You don’t kill it. You just teach it to fight better next time. If you think we’re making the world a better place, you’re kidding yourself.

Stan and Rosa work as ‘moderators’ for a social media company. Each day they go into battle against a rising tide of rage and smut. As an unlikely romance evolves between them, new employee Becky is horrified by the world she encounters through her screen. She decides to take the fight into the real world.

Is the war against online anger and obscenity winnable or even a good idea? Does it make the world a better place or just ‘feed the trolls’? And will the internet be our undoing or our salvation?

God of Chaos is an outrageously funny and provocative new play about the world of online censorship. Written by Olivier-nominated playwright Phil Porter, writer of the 2016 TRP production, The Man With The Hammer.

Creative Team
WRITER Phil Porter
DIRECTOR David Mercatali
SET & COSTUME Grace Smart
VIDEO DESIGNER Ian William Galloway

With thanks to: Ed Cooper and Owen Evans at Blue-i Event Technology, Connor Dalby, Hackworthy & Sons, Kate Holliday. Prompt Side.

God of Chaos creatives

God of Chaos - cast

Age guidance: 14+ (contains adult themes)
Running time: 1hr 20mins (approx.)
Post Show Q&A: Wed 13 & Wed 20 Mar 2018

Pricing & Concessions

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Creatives & Cast


Phil Porter

Phil Porter Phil’s plays include Vice Versa (RSC), The Miser (West End, nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy), The Man With The Hammer (Plymouth Theatre Royal), The Christmas Truce (RSC), Blink (Soho Theatre and worldwide), The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange, winner of a Bruntwood Award), Here Lies Mary Spindler (RSC) and Stealing Sweets & Punching People (Theatre 503 and Off-Broadway).

He wrote the English version of Hungarian playwright Janos Hay’s The Stonewatcher (National Theatre) and edited/adapted Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters (RSC) and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (RSC) and Pericles (RSC). He has also written several plays for young people including The Empress & The Nightingale (Haddangse), Cinderella (Unicorn), The Flying Machine (Unicorn), Smashed Eggs (Pentabus, winner of the Brian Way Award) and Pinocchio (Royal Opera House.)

God of Chaos

David Mercatali is an award-winning theatre director. In March he will be directing a new play by Phil Porter GOD OF CHAOS, at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Later in the year he will direct MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival.

In 2018 he was the associate director at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, where he directed Brad Birch’s new play TREMOR. It transferred to 59E59’s Brits Off Broadway festival, New York, from 15th May to 10th June 2018. It then played throughout the Edinburgh Fringe at the Paines Plough Roundabout venue in Summerhall. He also directed Katherine Chandler’s new play BUDDY, which transferred from RWCMD to The Gate Theatre, London.

In 2017 he directed the first London revival in over two decades of Terry Johnson’s masterpiece, INSIGNIFICANCE. It will play at the Arcola Theatre in London.

Prior to that, his production of BLUE HEART by Caryl Churchill, ran at the Orange Tree Theatre having transferred from the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.

David serves on the board of Stage Directors UK.


Omar Austin - God of Chaos

Omar Austin has recently graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

He has just completed shooting on the second series of Jez Butterworth’s BRITANNIA for Sky/Amazon.

Omar is thrilled to be making his professional stage debut at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Ryan Early- God of Chaos

Ryan Early previously performed at the Drum, Plymouth Theatre Royal in Mustafa (Kali Theatre Co.)

Ryan is currently the regular characters of Dan in Almost Never (BBC) and Lee in The Archers (BBCR4)

Theatre roles include: Ready or Not, The Interview (Arcola) The Argument, Donny’s Brain (Hampstead) Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange) The Golden Ass, A Midsommer Nights Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe) Blue Remebered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre) Amy’s View, The Secret Garden, All Quiet On The Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse) The Hounding of David Oluwali (Eclipse Theatre Company) The Eleventh Capital, War & Peace, Teeth ‘n’ Smiles (Royal Court) Starseeker (Royal & Derngate) Beau Brummel (59E59 Theatre, NY) The Knight of The Burning Pestle (Young Vic/Barbican) About Face (Almeida) Oliver Twist, The Servant (Lyric Hammersmith) Spring and Port Wine (West Yorkshire Playhouse) One Life and Counting (Bush Theatre/Channel 4)

Television roles include: Knightfall (History/A&E) The Crown (Netflix) Holby City (BBC) Casualty (BBC) Doctors (BBC) Coronation Street (ITV) Emmerdale (ITV) Love Soup (BBC) Margot & Mez (Tantrum) The Bill (Thames) and series 11 of Heartbeat (Granada)

Films roles include The Foreigner (SFX) Red Tails (Lucas Films) Beseme Mucho (Partnership Productions)

Radio roles include BBC Radio 4 Homefront, Wuthering Heights, County Lines, Riot Girls, Tommies, The Importance of Being Ernest and The Merchant of Venice.

Laura Waldren - God of Chaos

Laura Waldren graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2017.

Theatre credits include Salaam (Vaults Festival), A View From The Bridge, Macbeth (Tobacco Factory Theatres).

Feature film credits include Nocturnal (Rickshaw Entertainment). Short film credits include: Hairy (Calling The Shots for Channel 4 Random Acts); Found (Elliot Barnes-Worrell/Lisa Osborne) and Birds of Paradise (Tanya Charteris-Black). She is also a co-founder of the GEMA (Gender Equality Movement for Actors) Collective.

Lizzy Watts - God of Chaos

Lizzy Watts trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Dealing With Clair (Orange Tree); Hedda Gabler (National Theatre); Strife (Chichester); Angry Brigade (The Bush); Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Blink, Artefacts (Nabokov); Twelfth Night (Filter); Wasted (Paines Plough). TV includes: Endeavour, The Durrells, Midsomer Murders. Film includes: The Best Man.

Lizzy has recorded many radio dramas for the BBC, and plays Ivy Layton in Radio 4’s Home Front.