A young man goes missing at sea.
His girlfriend does what the traditions of her culture demand and turns her loss into a stand-up show.
His mother takes comfort from her YouTube audience and her son’s best friend.
His grandmother is not paying attention because she is busy plotting the assassination of the US president.
KILLING IT is a comitragedy about the pressure to make grief useful.
Written by Josephine Starte. Longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. Starring industry veteran, Janet Henfrey. Directed by Lily McLeish.
Produced in association with Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd
Josephine Starte is an award-winning writer-performer. She's also an improv comic and an associate of Live Beasts ('A reason to be cheerful', Tim Crouch). Long-listed for the Bruntwood, the BAFTA Rocliffe award amongst other prizes, last year she was an invited writer at the Alpine Fellowship’s Venice symposium alongside Polly Stenham and Emma Watson.
Lily McLeish is an award-winning theatre director and a creative fellow of the RSC. Since 2012 she has worked with Katie Mitchell as her Associate. Lily's directing work includes While You Are Here (DanceEast, The Place), Schism (The Park), The White Bike (The Space), A Colder Water Than Here (Vaults) and Absence (Young Vic).
As an Associate her work includes Anatomy Of A Suicide (Royal Court), Orlando (Schaubühne), Norma Jeane Baker (The Shed, New York), Ophelias Zimmer (Royal Court), and 2071 (Royal Court).
Lily's production of Schism for The Park Theatre was nominated for an Olivier and she won the Origin Award for new work at VAULT 2017.
Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd. is run by Ameena Hamid. Ameena is an independent creative producer based in London. She produces work that brings people of colour, LGBTQ+, those who identify as disabled, women and genderqueer theatre-makers to the stage and is particularly passionate about increasing inclusivity and representation in theatre. Ameena was one of the EdFringe and British Council’s Emerging Producers for 2019 and is one of the Stage One's Bridge the Gap Producers 2020.Book Now
Molly: Josephine Starte
Margot: Janet Henfrey
Vanessa: Doña Croll
Writer: Josephine Starte
Director: Lily McLeish
Lighting Design: Ant Doran
Sound Design: Julian Starr
VAULT Producer: Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd.
'A writer of the future' - Kristine Landon Smith (Founder of Tamasha)
"Very cool", Jill Soloway (Transparent, I Love Dick)
"Brilliant" (Mike Lesslie, The Little Drummer Girl)
"Painful and funny at once" (John Burnside, poet)
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