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Chaos by Laura Lomas

A black and white photograph of a young woman's face with a butterfly resting on her nose. The butterfly has coloured lines radiating from it.

Chaos by Laura Lomas

A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing.

Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.

Cast size: 8 – 30


Why I wrote this play

‘I’m interested in chaos. I think most of the time we try to impose order on our lives – we’re scared of the mess of being alive; we want to contain it, to put our hands around it. I wanted to write something that embraced chaos, that celebrated it, in all its strange unpredictable energy, in all its trouble, and its beauty. I didn’t want it to always make sense, but I did want it to feel very alive – all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager.’ 

Laura Lomas

Laura is from Derby. Plays include THE BLUE ROAD (A co-commission for the youth companies at Dundee RepDerby Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Theatre Royal Plymouth); JOANNE (Clean Break/ Soho Theatre); BIRD (Derby Live/ Nottingham Playhouse/ UK tour); BLISTER (Paines Plough/ RWCMD/ Gate Theatre); OPEN HEART SURGERY (Theatre Uncut/ Southwark Playhouse/ Traverse Theatre/ Soho Theatre);  THE ISLAND (Nottingham Playhouse/ Det Norske Oslo); WASTELAND (New Perspectives Theatre/ Derby Live).

Radio includes FRAGMENTS (Afternoon Drama, BBC Radio 4) MY BOY (Somethin' Else Productions/ BBC Radio 4 - winner of Best Drama Bronze, Sony Radio Academy Awards 2013); LUCY ISLAND (BBC Radio 3, The Wire). In 2011 Laura wrote ROUGH SKIN for Coming UP (Channel 4/ Touchpaper), which was nominated for Best British Short at the BIFAs, and Best UK Short at Raindance Film Festival. She also wrote two episodes of Jack Thorne's series GLUE which was broadcast on E4 in 2014.

Laura is currently under commission to The Royal Court Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse. She is developing an original drama TV series MERCY with Clerkenwell/BBC Worldwide, a new series for Potboiler and an original feature for Film4. Laura was a Macdowell Colony Fellow 2013, and a Yaddo fellow 2014.