DIGITAL WORK: BOOKING THROUGHOUT 2021-2022
An autobiographical stream of consciousness
‘I'm so scared. I've never known fear like this. I’m so sick of being this melodramatic jabbering fool. I use to be interesting/kind/normal’
Thrash is an aural experience designed to put the listener in the mind of someone desperately trying to cling to reality as it irrevocably collapses underneath her and questions this fragile concept of ‘normality’ that we are all conditioned to agree on.
Thrash’s unconventional narrative mixed with performance poetry, explores the effect of trauma and grief and ultimately finding healing and acceptance.
Thrash is an autobiographical piece written by our Co-Creative Director Lorna Meehan a few years ago in an attempt to capture what was going on in her head in response to trauma after a bereavement. She wanted to keep the piece raw and disjointed with moments of calm, ultimately leading towards acceptance and healing. The loose narrative takes the form of a stream of consciousness monologue interrupted by voices, some of them real and soothing, others imaginary and invasive. All of them having a role to play in pushing the protagonist to understand and move on after a catastrophic loss and the unpredictable nature of grief. Lorna wanted to make a candid and emotive piece of aural theatre that opens up discussion about grief and mental wellbeing and creates solidarity.
Thrash is created as a digital, socially distanced individual experience for audience members. It is adaptable to any kind of space. It is envisaged as a part of a wider programme or as part of the package with other RoguePlay shows we have such as ‘Sleepless’, ‘3am Waitress’ with its complimentary themes of female wellbeing and solidarity through adversity. Thrash is also available as an online aural experience.
Post Show discussion/Q&A: Live and/or online
Absolutely incredible. Extremely relatable
The story really hit home and it was expertly executed. I was riveted and engaged the whole time. It's an incredibly satisfying audio journey and I'm still thinking about it a week later
Really interesting piece and incredibly well put together. Took me with it at every step.
Living Record Festival
17th Jan-22nd Feb 2021
Directors:: Lorna Meehan & Kim Charnock
Sound Editor: Zak Marsh
Writer: Lorna Meehan
Cast: Jenny Stokes