Connections Festival 2021: Loughborough Schools and Rugby School

Connections Festival , Community Events
Friday 11 June 2021

Part of Connections Festival 2021

Loughborough Schools The IT  by Vivienne Franzmann

Rugby School A Series of Public Apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories)  by John Donnelly

Age guide: 14+

The IT by Vivienne Franzmann

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.

A Series of Public Apologies by John Donnelly

A Series of Public Apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories)

by John Donnelly

This satirical play is heightened in its naturalism, in its seriousness, in its parody and piercing in its interrogation of how our attempts to define ourselves in public are shaped by the fear of saying the wrong thing. Presented quite literally as a series of public apologies this play is spacious, flexible and welcoming of inventive and imaginative interpretation as each iteration spirals inevitably to its absurdist core. This is a play on words, on convention, on manners, on institutions, on order, online and on point.

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- If government guidelines change before this event takes place, the seating plan may change and capacity may increase.

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