What does the world of a theatre PR look like? These snaps from the rehearsals of Cuttings aren’t giving much away apart from a stark contrast between pensive worry and joy. But maybe that’s just rehearsals? Take a look then book your tickets for this new comedy.
Ollie George Clark’s play, which was shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Comedy Playwriting Prize, runs from 4 to 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.
Rob Ellis, Artistic Director of Relish Theatre, directs Natasha Patel, Joan Potter and Maisie Preston as the trio of publicists in Cuttings. Here they are describing the rehearsal process:
Third in our meet the cast videos, and our non stop PR party shop.
— Cuttings, Hope Theatre, 4-22 June (@RelishTheatre) May 27, 2019
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 comedy about staying PC while in PR plays at The Hope Theatre this spring alongside a pair of other plays concerned, in one way or another, with the entertainment industry. Sexy Lamp (26-27 May) is a one-woman comedy shedding some light on the ridiculousness of the industry, while 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.