Rare Earth Mettle

A leading British doctor with a radical plan to save the NHS and a Silicon Valley billionaire with a radical plan to halt climate change, meet outside an abandoned train on a salt flat in Bolivia.

A landscape so bright in its whiteness that it isn’t easy to look at, and so uninterrupted in its flatness there’s no echo.

For Kimsa and his daughter who live there, the arrival of these strangers initially seems like an opportunity. Until they both stake their claim on the land, each following their ruthless pursuit of ‘the greater good’.

Al Smith’s epic new play is a brutally comic exploration of risk, delusion, and power.

Cast & Crew


Aisling O’Carrol
Albert Palmer
Alejandra Apaza
Alejandra Apaza
Andrea Koslowski
Anna Carter
Calista McLean
Hershel Fink
Hywel Owen
Inti Mamani
Jo Heggarty
Justin Moskova
Kimsa Apaza
Nayra Quispe


Assistant Director
Lighting Designer
Movement Director
Sound Designer


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  1. On 30th July 2020 at 11:44 a.m., alexpacker noted:

    This production was postponed during rehearsals due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of all theatres in the UK on 16th March 2020. It didn’t open to an audience. The Royal Court have stated that this production will be re-programmed when theatres re-open in late 2020 or early 2021.

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