Prime Cut Productions present Stacey Gregg’s Scorch at Project Arts Centre, running from 13th February to 3rd March 2018.
A story of first love seen through the eyes of a gender-curious teen, Stacey Gregg’s multi-award-winning Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines. Prime Cut Productions (currently nominated for seven Irish Times Theatre Awards for their most recent production Red) are delighted to present this touching, funny and provocative play for Dublin audiences at Project Arts Centre 13 February – 3 March.
Drawing on the real life stories of several girls who created new online identities, the relationships they subsequently had and the outcomes legally and emotionally of these, Scorch tells the story of Kes, a teenager who is struggling with their gender identity. Kes explores their sexuality and gender by presenting as a boy who embarks on an intimate relationship with another girl, with devastating consequences. The play recounts Kes’s story in the first person, the change from child to young adult, the solace of an online community, falling in love and the terrible price paid for that. “Scorch” is a reference to the Icarus myth of the boy who flew too close to the sun.
Scorch is not an apology, it is not an accusation, it’s just simply the story of a person’s journey.
A critically-acclaimed tour-de-force, the work is an intimate solo performance by Amy McAllister, with the audience taking on the role of a LGBTQ support group. Inspired by recent court cases dealing with gender fraud and gender politics, the play is a new original work from Stacey Gregg, one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting playwrights, and is directed by the award-winning Emma Jordan, Prime Cut’s Artistic Director.
Scorch received critical acclaim on its world premiere at the 2015 Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Northern Ireland’s international LGBTQ arts festival. It went on to win awards including the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play of 2015, the Best Theatre Script at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards 2016, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award and an Adelaide Fringe Award.
“I am hugely excited to be directing Scorch again – Stacey Gregg is one of the most important playwrights in Northern Ireland and this play really illuminates the experience of a young person who is in flux facing the challenging issues of questioning gender. This is an important play and audiences will experience something pretty special,” says Emma Jordan.
With thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
CAST & CREATIVES
Writer: Stacey Gregg
Director: Emma Jordan
Performer: Amy McAllister
Set and Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall
Sound: Carl Kennedy
Costume: Enda Kenny
Choreographer: Nicola Curry
Producer: Una NicEoin and Stephen Coulter
Dates: 13 Feb – 03 Mar (no performance Sat 17 Feb)
Previews: 13, 14 Feb €14
Show Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: €16 – €18
For audiences aged 14+/12+ with parental guidance.
Project Arts Centre
39, East Essex Street
Tel: 01 881 9613 (Box office: Monday – Saturday, from 11am – 7pm)
All photos courtesy Prime Cut Productions; lead and final photos by Ciaran Bagnall