23rd – 27th January 2019 | VAULT Festival
“Nt a brdway ‘smash’ xctly” – Bob Geldof
Imagine, for a second, that Dante is a heroin addict and Beatrice isn’t breathing. He finds Her slumped on the kitchen floor amidst a crumbling and high-speed dystopia. One more hit then he’ll definitely tell someone. But for now She’s going to keep Herself alive, by taking Him through His nine circles of personal Hell. On a comedown.
A natural disaster at a church service; an all night wake at a casino; a grieving little Brother pointing him back to God; a family wishing He was the one in the coffin, Blue Departed is a turbulent new play from emerging playwright Serafina Cusack (Royal Court, King’s Head, Theatre 503).
Selected and performed as part of the The Script Readers programme at Theatre Royal Stratford East this is Serafina’s first full length collaboration with Henry C Krempels (Arcola, VAULT 2018, Theatre 503, Young Vic Freshworks) Lead Director of Anima Theatre Company.
“Exploring Dante and addiction with a mixture of grossness, vulnerability and love. Blue Departed is superb” – The Script Readers
About the Playwright
Serafina is a writer whose unique stream of consciousness style tackles mental health and youth culture. Although only 21, she started work as a playwright six years ago with her 1st production Rebel, Rebel at Theatre503. Since then she has had 23 runs of 13 plays, including Failing at Failing at The Royal Court and SQUIRM at The King’s Head and Theatre503. She is currently Associate Artist at Good Wolf.
HER – Rebecca Layoo
HIM – Mark Conway
HIS BROTHER – Richard James Clarke
WRITER – Serafina Cusack
DIRECTOR – Henry C Krempels
MOVEMENT DIRECTION – Play Dead
LIGHTING DESIGN – Benny Goodman
CONSULTANT DESIGNER – Jasmine Swan
SOUND DESIGN – Joshua Jacob / Henry C Krempels
CO-PRODUCER – Good Wolf
With thanks to: The Stanley Halls, Coffee Craft, Ben, everyone at VAULT, The Script Readers, The Bush, Rose, Heather, The Royal Court, Pete and Bob G.
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