Quick Q&A: If This Is Normal

Where and when: VAULT Festival, 25th-28th February 2020

What it’s all about… Meeting as kids in Kilburn, siblings Madani, Maryam and school mate Alex hit it off from the moment they meet. 10 years later kids’ playful chats about ninja turtles and bobble pens have been kicked out by teen opinions powered by what they Twitter and YouTube. Still, best friends can talk about anything. So why are there suddenly so many unspoken thoughts between the three?

After last year’s critically acclaimed world premiere of If This Is Normal at the Edinburgh Fringe, Chatback Theatre are delighted to bring this new play about the sexual experiences of young adults in a world of information overload and weaponised language to VAULT Festival 2020.

You’ll like it if… you like new writing, drama with a dash of comedy, inventive and energetic staging, plays about relationships and complicated situations.

You should see it because… the play tackles an important, modern day issue in a unique and engaging way. Previously the show ran at the Edinburgh Fringe and got great reviews including four stars from The Scotsman, The Wee Review and EdFringe Review and Everything Theatre said: ‘Delivered by three compelling actors, this is the sort of play that people can’t stop talking about on their way home, splitting opinions and sparking debate.’

Anything else we should know…: There are a limited number of 2-4-1 tickets on the StageDoor App!

Where to follow:
Twitter: @ChatbackT
Facebook: @ChatbackTheatre

Book here: vaultfestival.com/whats-on/if-this-is-normal/

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Quick Q&A: Bored of Knives

Where and when: The White Bear Kennington, 11th – 14th December

What it’s all about… You are now entering a secret space. A place where stories are told, promises are made, and secrets are kept. This is ‘The Den’. After nine years of estrangement, two friends find themselves back in their childhood den, looking for closure. But at what point does loyalty become dangerous, and friendship become exploitation? Bored of Knives is an eccentric and energetic play about the joys and complications of female friendships, and how far we are willing to let our moral compass stray for the sake of loyalty.

You’ll like it if… If you’ve got a massive child inside you, this show is definitely for you. Messy, silly, and full of awkward laughs, Bored of Knives is a big celebration of the uglier, weirder, and more intimate side of female friendships. If you want to watch two full grown women throw crisps at each other, suck dolls, and dance like hooligans- there’s really no better place to be.

You should see it because… underneath the madness, the games, and the dancing around, this story has a lot to offer anyone who has ever found themselves holding onto the past, or struggling to let their grudges go.

Anything else we should know…: This is Flawstate’s debut play.

Where to follow:
Website: https://flawstategroup.com/
Twitter: @flawstate

Book here: www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/whatson/Bored-of-Knives

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Quick Q&A: Easy

Where and when: 5 – 23 November, Blue Elephant Theatre

What it’s all about… My best friend Meg actually lost it last week, to her boyfriend Amir. Apparently he lit candles. Magical, was the word she used.

Alice would give anything for something magical to happen to her. But she’s shy, has no idea how to contour and the last thing she loved was a roast potato.
She feels ordinary. Unremarkable. Unpopular.
Until Jamie from Maths messages her.
Finally, something is about to happen to Alice.
Something big. Something she won’t ever forget. Something she never expected.
And the whole school knows.

Easy is a powerful new play by Amy Blakelock, exploring what happens when we combine social media, love island ideals, Snapchat and teenage insecurity. An intimate portrait of adolescence today, Easy asks us – why is it so hard to believe we’re good enough as we are?

You’ll like it if… you remember the squeamish and agonising world of teenage love and sex, if you’ve ever sent nudes, if you’re a Snapchat fiend or if you’re a complete social media phobe, this one-woman show will explore how constant digital connectivity changes the landscape of teenage sexuality.

You should see it because… it’s a contemporary, fast-paced hour of love, sex, digital consent, and learning to demand respect for your own body.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @TheatreParadox

Book here: http://www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk/easy

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Quick Q&A: Good Gracious Good Friday

Where and when: White Bear Theatre, 16th-18th October

What it’s all about… Good Gracious, Good Friday takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the night of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement referendum result, as four (mostly hungover) twenty-somethings come together to use the historic occasion as an excuse to drink all over again. Although they claim they have no interest in the “boring news on the telly” as the evening draws on – their true feelings for their country, and each other, will be revealed. This is a nostalgic look back at a huge turning point in Northern Ireland’s history, with Game Boys and Tamagotchis thrown in for good measure!

You’ll like it if… you’re interested in The Good Friday Agreement which has been mentioned so much whenever Brexit is on the news. It’s been the main sticking point in the current negotiations, particularly when it comes to the matter of the Irish Border. Our play explores why the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was such a monumental event in Northern Irish, and U.K. history and what it meant to a younger generation who strived for peace – a generation who were knee deep in a late 90s cultural explosion of Britney Spears, Titanic and Supermarket Sweep – so yeah, they had all that to deal with too…….

You should see it because… the Good Friday Agreement has never been more prevalent than it was over 20 years ago. The very essence of Brexit brings into disrepute the good work so many British/Irish/American politicians set out to do, which was to bring peace to the island of Ireland. Just yesterday (14th October 2019) a Northern Irish citizen named Emma De Souza was told she could not claim her Irish citizenship – something The Good Friday Agreement set out to make possible in our time, and further beyond. Our play sets out to show how important The Good Friday Agreement was to Northern Ireland in 1998, and how it remains just as vital to the country, The Republic of Ireland and The U.K. today.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @GGGFPlay

Book here: www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/whatson/Good-Gracious%2C-Good-Friday

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Quick Q&A: This Is It

Where and when: Etcetera Theatre, 28th at 9pm, 30th and 31st October at 7pm

What it’s all about… Presented by Blue Glass Theatre, This Is It is non-gendered and non-aged, meaning that this play will be able to have many and varied lives. Focusing on identity and where we hinge our identity in a world shifting under our feet, change is all around us.

This Is It is a dark comedy set at the end of the world. Three have survived this far…

You’ll like it if… you like Hot Fuzz, Black Summer, Noises Off!

You should see it because… it’s dark and funny and talks about how we communicate with each other. This Is It asks you to look at identity and how we view ourselves and what would happen if the world turned upside down. Annnddd it’s funny!

Anything else we should know…: It’s 60 minutes of sharp comedy and some scary bits too!

Where to follow:
Twitter: @glass_theatre
Facebook: @glasstheatre

Book here: www.citizenticket.co.uk/event/this-is-it

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