JB Pichelski’s drama about a quartet of school friends embarking on unknown futures, Scenic Reality will play at The Hen & Chickens Theatre next month as part of the Camden Fringe. Time to book your tickets!
Staged by New Room Theatre, the play runs at the Islington venue from 7 to 11 August 2019.
Four friends leave school with uncertain futures. One of them, A* student and non-binary auteur Damien Blake, wants to create something important; something that will define the experience of a generation. Film is their medium; immediate and open to manipulation. Set against a background of increasing societal pressures, rising university fees and what can be seen as a youth mental health crisis, Damian’s obsession with exploring what reality actually is starts to put a strain on their relationships
Scenic Reality was first seen as a rehearsed reading at The Hope Theatre in 2018. It has been described by actor Forbes Masson as “a brave and revealing work”, while producer Paul O’Leary said: “For all its moments of topical bite – gender fluidity, millennial expectations – J. B. Pichelski’s Scenic Realityis a tightly scripted drama about being accepted by your peers and finding your way in the world.”
Three of the cast from the rehearsed reading return for the Camden Fringe run; Patricia Gibbons, Amy Woods and Brodie Husband are joined by Francesca Mallett at the Hen & Chickens Theatre. Gibbons plays non-binary central character Damien in the play Pichelski wrote deliberately in a way that performers of any gender could play any character.
The piece is directed by Samantha Wright, who previously directed plays including Are You Happy Now, Blackout, Momentum and Stagefright. Wright is also the co-founder of New Room Theatre, which was founded in 2011 as a new writing company that would give a voice to people whose stories are rarely heard.
This year’s Camden Fringe features an eclectic line-up of 300 different productions. Joining Scenic Reality at the Hen & Chickens Theatre are tale of intergenerational communication Pigeons and dark comedy about adultery and social media, Letting Go. Elsewhere shows include comedy Adventures of a Trip Advisor Seaside Guest House Keeper and Kafka adaptation Red Peter.
Scenic Reality runs at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Rd, Highbury, London N1 2NA from 7 to 11 August 2019, with performances Wednesday to Sunday at 6pm. Tickets are priced £8. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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