By Matt Grinter (2016, Prize Winner)
Directed by Alice Hamilton. Designed by Frankie Bradshaw. Lighting by Johanna Town. Sound by Richard Hammarton.
Cast: Aden Gillett. Simon Gregor. Carla Langley. Rona Morison. Ellie Turner.
“One girl, against the happiness of the whole village. Can you not see it has to be done?”
Midsummer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the waters, keeping the threat of the Orcas that roam the sea at bay for another year.
Fan hopes with all her heart to be the one chosen, but her older sister Maggie is adamant she must never, never, go with the boats.
Because something happened to Maggie out there. Because no one will admit it. Because sometimes the most beautiful places harbour the darkest secrets.
Orca is an incisive, unflinching insight into what makes a community tolerate the unthinkable.
Off West End Award nominations for Most Promising New Playwright and Best Set Designer.
★★★★ ‘Richly atmospheric and very well acted… Grinter has a genuine talent’ – The Guardian
★★★★★ ‘Dazzlingly acted…this fine, subtle and important piece of theatre.’ – Broadway World
★★★★ ‘Seduces us with myth and theatrical magic.’ – Time Out
★★★★★ ‘ Grinter’s deviously delicate text unfolds [with] five exemplary performances. Grinter’s is certainly a name to look out for in the future.’ – Morning Star
‘Gorgeous, atmospheric, compelling.’ – The Stage
‘A joy to watch.’ – Exeunt
‘Grinter writes with a real chill [but he’s] not the only talent on display.’ – WhatsOnStage
‘Such a brilliant piece…heart-breaking…beautifully told.’ – A Younger Theatre
‘Hits tremendously hard.’ – Southwark News
‘Bittersweet fable for the modern age.’ – Everything Theatre