In a cold village on the edge of nowhere, a disease has broken out, infecting the young and transforming them into monstrous creatures. The villagers fearfully watch their children for symptoms of the disease, whilst the Mayor has adopted tough measures for dealing with those who are infected. When Bolek, the local scholar, makes a breakthrough in finding a cure, few are prepared for the gruesome nature of the treatment. But with his own daughter showing signs of infection, there is no choice than to stop this terrible disease dead in its tracks.
A gothic melodrama about the terrifying onset of adolescence.
Cast breakdown: 11 named characters + chorus
Kellie Smith was recently awarded a place on this year’s Channel Four’s Pearson Playwright Scheme, and is currently the Royal Exchange’s playwright in residence. Her play Jonestown was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and she recently won Creative England’s iWrite regional partnership, with her short film The Big Day which is due to be produced later this year. Previously produced work includes Black Gold (Royal Exchange, Studio), The Sum of Parts (Liverpool Everyman), Blackout (The Dukes). Her work for young people includes I (Liverpool Everyman), Dog Eat Dog (Collective Encounters, tour), and her play for children, The Lost Things won Theatre Centre’s Skylines showcase. Kellie has also written two afternoon plays for Radio 4, Can’t Live Without You and Homeowners.
Photography by Sorted. Design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio.