Writer Lucy Danser spoke to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about her new play Lost in Thought, playing at the Hen and Chickens (21 July) and the Bread & Roses (29 July) before heading to Edinburgh.
You could call it the Corbynisation of new writing. In the past couple of years, a series of plays have plumbed the lower depths, looking at the subject of good people trapped in zero-hour contracts and terrible working conditions. Like Ken Loach’s dreary film, I, Daniel Blake, these plays have integrity, but very little dramatic content.
New play about casual work and disability is a thinly written Corbynesque drama.
Laura Dean has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She’s afraid she’s going to kill herself in her sleep so spends at least two hours before bed checking her house for anything she could use to self-harm. Scarves and tights are hidden away, as are knives and other sharp objects. She can’t sleep without her checking routine and after months of exhaustion, she’s had enough.