Welcome to the kitchen where dreams come to die.
After working in a basement kitchen for as long as they can remember, Master Sausage only knows one thing. Eat, sleep, sausage, repeat. Trying to appease the greed of their faceless employers, the Top Steps, they work relentlessly and cannot imagine their life beyond the butchery.
But when a babbling, fresh-faced Apprentice arrives, a harsh reality is brought with them. With their daily routine disrupted, the Master is forced to look their life in the eye and climb into the belly of the beast. As tensions rise, sinister questions rear their heads. What does it mean to be happy? Is there more to life than this? What’s in those sausages anyway?
‘Sweeney Todd’ meets ‘The Trap Door’ in this blood-thirsty absurdist thriller about challenging tradition, surviving in a cut-throat world and doing what has to be done…
Expial Atrocious are a West Midlands-based company who are carving a unique path into the theatre scene. Specialising in absurdism, physical storytelling and a new branch of horror theatre, Expial Atrocious aims to portray the complexities, darkness and nuances of the human condition and present familiar situations in unfamiliar ways. Led by co-artistic directors, Nic Lawton and Ezre Holland, the company relishes in dynamic physicality, core-shaking sound design and turning language inside out.
Following the success of their immersive, digital drama ‘Hear. Speak. See.’ at Edinburgh Fringe in 2021, ‘BUTCHERED’ is the company’s second show together. Undeterred by the pressures of being classed as a new, emerging company, Expial Atrocious have already made waves in the Fringe Theatre community with their never-before-seen style, original stories that pack an unexpected emotional punch and their active online presence.
The company has been referred to as “fringe theatre defined” and strives to keep this promise with each weird and wonderful show they make.
Press & Reviews
Fringebiscuit ★★★★★ "Stellar performances, sensational writing and masterfully executed stagecraft. Powerful, moving and thrillingly gruesome."
EdFringeReview ★★★★ "A nightmarish piece of theatre."
British Theatre Guide ★★★★ "An experience that will leave you shocked, shaken and possibly feeling like you want a shower afterwards."
Cast & Creative Team Co-Artistic Director and Performer: NIC LAWTON
Co-Artistic Director and Performer: EZRE HOLLAND
Technician: SOPHIE KEEBLE