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The IT by Vivienne Franzmann

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The IT by Vivienne Franzmann

The IT is a play about a teenage girl who has something growing inside her. She doesn't know what it is, but she knows it's not a baby. It expands in her body.  It starts in her stomach, but quickly outgrows that, until eventually it takes over the entirety of her insides.  It has claws.  She feels them.  Does it have teeth, skin, and hair as well, or is that feathers, or spikes she can feel, butting up against her organs?  What is it?  It makes a noise, like a lizard or a snake.  No one must know about it.  She has to keep its presence, its possession of her, concealed.   She pulls away from her friends. She refuses to speak in case The It is heard. Then the It tries to escape from her body. She can't let that happen. She cuts an isolated weird figure at school, trying to live her life 'normally; but battling to keep The It inside of her. But she can't contain it forever, sooner or later something's got to give...

Presented in the style of a direct to camera documentary, this is a darkly comic state of the nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within, written very specifically for today. 

Cast size: 8 – 100, 1F and all other characters any gender.

Suitable for all ages.

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Vivienne Franzmann

In 2008, Vivienne won a Bruntwood Playwriting Award for her first play Mogadishu and was awarded the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010. Her next play, The Witness premiered at the Royal Court, London in 2012. In 2014, Vivienne’s play Pests, written for the theatre company Clean Break, was performed at the Royal Exchange and the Royal Court. In 2016, The Snow Queen was performed at the Bristol Old Vic. In 2017, Bodies premiered at the Royal Court, London. She has written for Channel 4, BBC 1, Radio 4 and Radio 3. In 2014, Vivienne was awarded a BAFTA for her short film for children, Lizard Girl.

Vivienne has taught playwriting nationally and internationally.