ISBN: 9781839040986
Author: By James Fritz
Publication Date: 14/04/2022
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 100pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3166 Category: Tag:

A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin is finding it hard to talk. The only person who seems to notice is Rach, who resolves to find out what’s troubling him and help him find his voice again.

But when Rach’s family take in an articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin’s silence is no longer her first priority. How does it feel when the suffering of others seems more legitimate than our own?

James Fritz’s Lava is a timely play about grief and the power of expression, rocking with raw emotion and sharp humour. It premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2018, in a co-production with Fifth Word who commissioned the play. It was revived on tour in 2022, including a run at Soho Theatre, London.

‘Compassionate, warm and funny… Fritz’s work pairs structural playfulness with emotional intelligence and inky wit… his plays are contained and compassionate, and frequently find reservoirs of humour in places you wouldn’t expect’
The Stage

‘Witty, inventive, and heart-warming… if you want to make an audience cry, you have to make them laugh first. Lava does both beautifully… raucous laughter, followed by absolute stillness and heartache’
Everything Theatre

‘A play that unpicks experiences and perceptions of grief in a truly unique, engaging way, and one that deserves to have a very long life’
Broadway World

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