Jaz writes for The Guardian. And he’s desperate to get the front page.
To outsiders, he and wife, Kelly, have the perfect life. A nice house, a sweet child & good jobs (though Kelly hasn’t gone back to work since they had the baby). And when Jaz comes up with an idea that might just get him that front page his wife is swept along for the ride.
Modelled on the Katie Hopkins and Milo Yiannopoulos-es of the world – ‘SHARON’ is a bigot. Poisonous, hateful, controversial and completely fake. She’s a persona, created by Jaz, tweeting bile on a daily basis. But roping in Kelly to help, it’s not long before Kelly discovers a new tactic.
As their marriage begins to nosedive, old resentments are channelled into furious hatred,
and ‘Sharon’ begins to get truly famous – Jaz and Kelly may have created a monster.
The ‘Relaxed Performance’ showings will feature the following adjustments:
– Low level house lights remain on throughout
– Sound effects will be reduced in volume
– Audience can be admitted and readmitted at any time
Chalk Line Theatre is a multi-award-winning company based in Luton, who tour work both nationally and internationally.
The company is run by Co-Artistic Directors Sam Edmunds and Vikesh Godhwani. Chalk Line’s work is both thematically and visually ambitious, receiving great critical acclaim on their approach to contemporary theatre-making. As a company they look to experiment with form, by tackling socio-political subject matters in an innovative way that is ultimately challenging yet entertaining.
Chalk Line most recently won the Untapped Award for their Edinburgh hit, Blanket Ban. They are thrilled to be returning to The Vault Festival following their critically acclaimed, The Nobodies which after premiering at the festival, toured nationally and internationally, won a Standing Ovation award for Best Ensemble, was nominated for an Offfest and won best International achievement at the Malta Arts Awards.
Beyond the stage, Chalk Line provides free self-producing workshops to working-class artists and helps mentor emerging directors and producers. They deliver workshops in schools and youth theatre groups, whilst also providing free or discounted theatre trips for young creatives to see their work, partnering with organisations such as Revoluton Arts, artsdepot, NT Connections and NGYT.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work:
'Definitely worth seeing. Full of swagger and moral ambiguities.' - Lyn Gardner
A Younger Theatre
'Amy Guyler’s script is genius, masterfully balancing stark political commentary with bold theatricality'
'An equally exciting and terrifying work, with beautiful touches of humour: The Nobodies is one to watch'
North West End
'This is a bold and of the moment drama.'
'The real joy of Chalk Line Theatre’s production is in the storytelling – bold, engaging and conducted with energy and commitment.'
"It makes theatre seem essential when it so often doesn't." Lyn Gardner, Stage Door
"Hard-hitting, and painfully eye-opening"
"A heart-shatteringly brilliant piece of theatre"
★★★★★ "Theatre such as this is rare"
"It seems impossible to leave Blanket Ban without a sense of
the great peril of the lack of abortion access in Malta – and of course,
across the western world"
"Blanket Ban is Fringe theatre at its best...a fast-paced, punchy
and powerful production"
Cast & Creative Team Writer: AMY GUYLER
Director: VIKESH GODHWANI
Sound Designer: MATTEO DEPARES
Production Manager: CHAZ WEBB
Dramaturgs: VIKESH GODHWANI & SAM EDMUNDS
Producer: CHALK LINE THEATRE