“It’s supposed to be for pets. But piss is piss, right?”
Two friends, Ed and Sarah, travel to the small squalid bedsit where Ed’s father passed away a few days earlier. The place is wretched - covered in filth and reeking of alcohol - but the two begin their unenviable task of trawling through the wreckage in front of them. As they wade through the debris, pouring over the contents, the fragments of one lost life begin to coalesce, just as another starts to show signs of cracking.
Will we be remembered for anything more than the mess we leave behind?
Either way, the carpet is beyond saving.
A comedy (mostly). Based on a real afternoon. By James Mitchell and Ed Coleman.
Part of Let's Talk @ VAULT Festival with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
James Mitchell’s TV script Misery Guts was optioned by Big Talk in 2017. In December 2018, his second script, The Kids Are Alt-Right, was optioned by FreMantle. He is signed to Independent Talent and has several other shows in development. Leave a Message is his first produced play.
Ed Coleman is an actor and improviser. He has appeared in numerous TV shows including Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather (Sky), Merlin (BBC), Bones (Fox), and both seasons of the award-winning Spy (Sky). He starred as Harold Steptoe in the BBC remake of Steptoe and Son, and can be seen in the upcoming season of Endeavour (ITV) and improvised drama She for C4.
Jessica Rose McVay is a London based director and founder of Jessica Rose McVay Productions Ltd. In the US, Jessica has worked on Broadway. In the UK, she has worked at the Bristol Old Vic, Redgrave Theatre, Wardrobe Theatre, Canal Café and White Bear Theatre.
Gabrielle Fernie has undertaken various roles on stage and screen, ranging from Hollyoaks to Shakespeare’s Globe (Sam Wanamaker Festival). In 2015 Gabrielle started a blog www.loveisa4letterturd.com, described by Caitlin Moran as ‘filthy, immoral and incredibly funny'. Her memoir ‘Lush: A True Story, Soaked In Gin’ was published by Little, Brown in August 2018.
Producer Libby Daniel has previously worked with immersive theatre company You Me Bum Bum Train; the Pleasance Theatre Trust; and for two West End production companies, David Pugh Ltd. and Bill Kenwright Ltd.
Hayley-Marie Axe’s theatre credits include Mary in Baby Blues (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre), Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Customs House Theatre), Hippolyta in The Two Noble Kinsmen (Theatre Royal Bath), and she was the recipient of Broadway Baby’s best supporting actress award. Her TV credits include Red Dwarf XII, Silent Witness and Eastenders.
ED: ED COLEMAN
SARAH: GABRIELLE FERNIE
LINDA: HAYLEY-MARIE AXE
WRITER: JAMES MITCHELL WITH ED COLEMAN
DIRECTOR: JESSICA ROSE MCVAY
PRODUCER: LIBBY DANIEL
STAGE MANAGER: REBECCA HITCHCOX