Their current project is London Gets Visceral which showcases a season of new plays written by young writers and that have all been inspired by our wonderful Capital City.
Made up of 5 shorts the evening opened with What People Do by Molly Naylor which told the story of two women who got locked in a bathroom during a party; one was an Artist whose work the party was celebrating and the other was a guest who didn’t quite like the work. It was followed by one of my two favorite plays on the night, the work in progress My City by the talented writer of The Westbridge, Rachel De-Lahay. She depicted a London inhabited by illegal immigrants and the struggle several of them face to make a new life for themselves in London. The piece covered a number of characters and in approximately a 15 min running time some characters stood better than others; in particular the Nigerian mother who left her child to be taken by an immigration Officer was particular interesting.
Next up was Two’s Company by Lola Stephenson, a one man comically dark tale of loneliness, isolation and kidnap in the city (my second favorite of the night). Then it was Oranges on the Brighton Line by Roxy Dunn, depicting a mistress and her lover’s break up on the platform of train station and to end Tom Wells’ Wedding This, Wedding That.
London Gets Visceral is a great platform for playwrights to display their work to a warm and welcoming audience and it was great to see such a diverse selection of plays. Performed in the Old Vic Tunnels the sound of the passing trains overhead was distracting at times and the damp and cold environment made you quickly head for the exit once the night was over. However the location aside the night was an enjoyable exhibition of some new writing talent.
For more information about Viscera Theatre Company please see: www.visceratheatre.com