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Ali and Lola are best-friends and housemates, after an altercation occurs on a dog walk, an incel ends up barricaded in their bathroom. Will Lola recover from her broken heart? Will Ali get away with kidnap? Will Mike ever get out of the bathroom and back to his mum?
This is a fast paced, thrilling and darkly humorous piece of new writing by Natasha Brotherdale Smith (longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2021). In the past years we’ve seen a huge shift in the conversations surrounding women’s safety, following the introduction of new growing threats, like far right misogynist extremism and generational hopelessness. ‘Stuck’ explores how generational hopelessness manifests itself within both the victim and perpetrator, and the behaviours derived as a result.
A brand new dark comedy exploring female friendships, incel ideology and two friends who end up in way over their heads.
We are a female, queer and Northern led creative team working together to give urgent and often underrepresented stories the platform they deserve on the London and national stage.
FLAT 4 THEATRE
Flat 4 Theatre is a female and queer-led theatre company based in London. They aim to create work that gives urgent and underrepresented stories the platform they deserve. They’re particularly passionate about staging politically fuelled, queer and female led stories to ignite important discussion and spark real change.
‘New Theatre Company To Watch’ - The Skinny
NATASHA BROTHERDALE SMITH
Natasha is a Northern writer based in London. 'Butterflies' (VAULT Festival, Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe) was her highly acclaimed debut. Her play, 'I Can't Hear You' was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Playwriting 2021 and premiered at Theatre503 in July 2022, has been nominated for a Standing Ovation Award & listed as one of London Pub Theatre’s Top Shows of 2022 .
She is currently under commission to write a new play for young people to be performed in London this Summer and the Edinburgh Fringe 2023.
Jessica Millward is a Theatre Director from Sheffield. She is a supported artist at artsdepot and The Bank Cohort at Sheffield Theatres.
Directing includes: Fritz & Matlock, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Pleasance Courtyard and London (OFFIE nominated), I Can’t Hear you, Theatre 503, Joanne, Catalyst festival at Mountview, Without Malice or Ill Will Together season festival at Sheffield Crucible and Community Tour and Good Gracious, Good Friday at The White Bear Theatre.
Associate / assistant directing includes: Operation Crucible (Sheffield Crucible and 59e5 New York City) The Laramie Project (Hackney Showroom) and Chicken Soup (Sheffield Crucible). Wildfire Road at Sheffield theatres
Press & Reviews London Pub Theatres - ★★★★★ (I Can't Hear You by Natasha Brotherdale Smith, Directed by Jessica Millward)
Spy in the stalls - ★★★★ “a perfect example of how vital new writing is” (I Can't Hear You by Natasha Brotherdale Smith, Directed by Jessica Millward)
Feminist Fringe - ★★★★★ (Butterflies by Natasha Brotherdale Smith)
The Stage - ★★★★ (Fritz and Matlock directed by Jessica Millward)
Cast & Creative Team Writer: NATASHA BROTHERDALE SMITH
Director: JESSICA MILLWARD