After the success of Force of Trump, a satire toured in 2016 which predicted the election of Donald Trump, cough//drop is back with WIND BIT BITTER, BIT BIT BIT HER, a brand new drama for Vault Festival 2018. Find out more about the show and the team behind it below – and then get booking!
A story of love, loss, grief, paranoia and deep state conspiracy, WIND BIT BITTER, BIT BIT BIT HER is a twisted monologue through a disturbed, lonely mind.
We’re in Dymchurch, on the South coast of England, some time in the 2020s. Mary and Charley have just lost their child – and the couple start to drift apart. As they do, Mary discovers a body part washed up on shore. And then another one. And another. And as she starts to collect these body parts, a conspiracy builds. Maybe it’s all a weird coincidence. Or maybe Mary’s child isn’t quite so dead after all…
WIND BIT BITTER, BIT BIT BIT HER is written and directed by Sami Ibrahim and stars Phoebe Vigor. The new play was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award, as well as being longlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and Bruntwood Prize. This month, it’s published by Nick Hern Books in Plays From Vault 3.
cough // drop is a new, London-based theatre company founded by writer Sami Ibrahim. What’s its mission?
“We like raucous storytelling, farce and drama mashed together – making you laugh and cry all at once. We create multicoloured, riotous, manic theatre. Maybe it’s theatre that soothes your throat or maybe it’s theatre that puts an uncomfortable tickle in your throat. Before knocking you out.”
In the lead-up to the US election, cough // drop toured Force of Trump around London, gaining rave reviews for a nightmare satire that predicted the impossible: Donald Trump becoming President.
WIND BIT BITTER, BIT BIT BIT HER runs at VAULT Festival from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 January 2018, with performances (90 minutes) nightly at 9pm and a 4pm matinee on Saturday 27 January. Tickets are priced £11.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Sami Ibrahim is a young writer from London. His show Iron Dome Fog Dome was performed at The Yard during the First Drafts season. He worked at the Almeida Theatre as a member of their Creative Board, developing and producing From the Ground Up, a piece of immersive theatre which went up to Edinburgh last summer. At the same time, he wrote and directed Force of Trump, which had runs at several theatres across London, including the Brockley Jack Theatre, where his short play Carnivore was also performed as part of the Write Now 7 Festival. Ibrahim has taken part in The North Wall’s Summer Residency Programme and is currently a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Alumni Group.
Phoebe Vigor previously worked with Ibrahim on Force of Trump. She was most recently seen playing Kattrin alongside Josie Lawrence in Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at Southwark Playhouse and was standby to Jane in Jane Eyre (National Theatre, UK tour). Her other theatre credits include Fragment, Henry V, Enveloped in Velvet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, They’ll be Home for Christmas, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus, Carmen, The Pied Piper and This Be the Verse.