NP Studio - Swallow
Fri 1 November 2019 - Sun 3 November 2019
Who said smashing things up was a bad thing?
Three strangers are about to face their demons head on.
Balanced precariously on the tipping point, they might just be able to save one another if they can only overcome their urge to self-destruct.
The play's action takes place in the subjective worlds of its three female characters. Anna hasn't left home for months; she has stopped eating and is smashing her flat up bit by bit. Rebecca is so furious that her ex-partner has found a new love that she turns that anger on herself. Sam is taking her first steps towards becoming the man she feels herself to be; in doing so, she exposes herself not only to abuse but to the chance of genuine warmth and affection.
In a foreward to the published script, Smith writes: 'The first draft of the play was written quickly and intensely, it just poured out onto the page. It was a play born of my absolute anger and anxiety, that the world wasn't the place I felt it could be... I've never doubted that we all wrestle with the chaos of deep, dark, hard things. We behave badly, drink too much, sleep too little, punch walls or pull our bodies apart. Rarely are we given the healthy tools that enable us to deal with chaos. And yet, and yet, deal with it we do - we still get up the next day. And that's one of the main things that Swallow looks at - the chaotic ways in which we continue.'
Painful yet playful, poignant but uplifting, this play takes a long hard look at the extremes of everyday life. Questions of identity, heartbreak and hope are explored with vivid, poetic intensity.
'A striking and important piece of theatre.'
Swallow is presented by the NP Studio team and performances will be at 7.45pm on 1st – 3rd November 2019. Tickets priced at £7.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 9am.