‘It is really small. Whatever it is.
But it’s here.
It’s definitely here.’
A teenage girl has something growing inside her. She doesn’t know what it is, but she knows it’s not a baby. It expands. It has claws. Eventually it takes over the entirety of her body.
No one must know about it. She has to keep its presence, its possession of her, concealed. She pulls away from her friends. She refuses to speak, in case ‘The IT’ is heard. But she can’t contain it forever. Sooner or later something’s got to give…
Presented in the style of a direct-address documentary, Vivienne Franzmann’s The IT is a darkly comic state-of-the-nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within.
Written specifically for young people, the play formed part of the 2021 National Theatre Connections Festivals and was premiered by youth theatres across the UK. It was named Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2023.
The IT offers opportunities for a large, flexible cast of any size and mix of genders.
‘The standout text [of the Connections festival] for character development, plot and vivid use of language and imagery… perfect for the age of information with an exciting, darkly enticing pace’
— Red Pepper magazine
Best Play for Young Audiences, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards