Judith Adams

Queuing for Everest

April 2000

16th March – 8th April 2000

Published by Oberon Modern Plays – email Oberon Books
Directed by Deborah Paige
Designed by Kit Surrey
Choreographed by Ruth Jones
Photographic Installation by Simon Warner


When Georges leaves his sick wife Sophie and flies out to meet Thea at Everest Base Camp, their goals seem simple: to continue an affair and to climb the highest mountain in the world. But when a Sherpa guide and an elusive photographer join them on their journey they enter a mysterious territory of ghosts. Some, like Mallory, are children of the mountain; others have travelled with them from their pasts.


“This is not the kind of theatre you see often in the regions. It’s not playing anything safe, and you can’t go up the mountain without taking risks. […] [it captures] the beauty and brutality of the mountains and those who climb them, and the hallucinatory madness of risking all and heading into thin air.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“This is a snow covered mountainside along which both cast and audience unite in undertaking a journey of discovery […] the effect is dazzling. Queueing for Everest is an abstract work that does not lend itself to instant or easy interpretation […] The white box is a red hot cauldron of ideas.”

Lynda Murdin, Yorkshire Post

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