The multiple award-nominated team behind Sid, the one-man play about Sid Vicious which had an acclaimed tour and run at the Arts Theatre last year, return with new play Kicked in the Sh*tter. The play, written by Leon Fleming and directed by Scott Le Crass, runs at London’s Hope Theatre from 21 March to 8 April 2017, with a press night on 23 March.
Depression. Sanctions. Anxiety. Self harm. Back to work. Substance Abuse.
JSA. AA. ESA. FA. PIP.
Sibling love and sibling dependency; Kicked in the Sh*tter is a bittersweet tale of a brother and sister struggling to live with mental health difficulties amidst the labyrinthine wreckage of a decayed welfare state. Regaled childhood squabbles and stories of hope and aspirations we all recognise, take us through this timely two-hander set in Birmingham, but lived and experienced across the UK.
Life is pretty shit when you’re trapped in a forever darkening world of dispassionate government policy with no way out. Holding on to each other might be the only thing stopping you drown. Leon Fleming’s new play is a story of struggle and hope for those who fall through the cracks today and every day.
But this isn’t poverty porn; there’s nothing sexy about despair.
Kicked in the Sh*tter is performed by James Clay as Him and Helen Budge as Her. The production is designed by Justin Williams, with lighting by Jai Morjaria and music by Adam Langston. The play is co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, Bradford and produced by 5pound5 Theatre.
Photos by Ashley Carter