There may not be a clipboard in sight (they’re out of shot), but with giant A-boards, dosiers of juicy delights and many a panicked phone call, these images of new comedy Cuttings give a great peek in to the stressed world of entertainment PR in which it is set. Take a look, then book your tickets
Ollie George Clark’s play, which was shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Comedy Playwriting Prize, runs until 22 June 2019 at The Hope Theatre.
YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and moments later goes on to drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history. His publicists Gracelyn, Ruchi and Danica have quite a morning ahead of them.
They’ll need to apologise on his behalf all whilst fielding calls, defusing social media, stamping out print, handling the talent, licking SOLT’s wounds and if Arthur could stop posting on Instagram for a second that would be great.
Cuttings takes a satirical look at public perceptions, fandom and fame, and what it means to be sorry in the 21st Century. Natasha Patel, Joan Potter and Maisie Preston as the trio of publicists, directed by Rob Ellis, Artistic Director of Relish Theatre.
Playwright Clark trained at the Almeida Theatre’s Writing Group. His other work includes Coconuts (Lyric Hammersmith), Warm and Chewy (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Strictly Curse (Southwark Playhouse) and Hold For Three Seconds (Edinburgh Fringe). Clark’s award-nominated script for Cuttings has been published by Playdead Press and can be bought at The Hope Theatre.
LOOK. We kept mum on this for a while but Cuttings only went and got bloody published! Congrats to @OliverGeorgeCl1 (posing beautifully) on his first published play, and thanks to @PlaydeadPress for making the texts look so goddamn sexy pic.twitter.com/zWN1x1OdbI
— Cuttings, Hope Theatre, 4-22 June (@RelishTheatre) June 5, 2019
Clark’s comedy about staying PC while in PR plays at The Hope Theatre this spring alongside another play concerned with a different area of the entertainment industry. The Censor (25 June-13 July), staged by RoundPeg Theatre, is Anthony Neilson‘s controversial play in which a female pornographer comes face to face with a censor.