"Something both weird and also weirdly compelling about these separate but thematically linked plays... Their obsessive quality and off-beat humour have a niggling energy.... [Lobster] brings to mind both Philip Ridley and Samuel Beckett, and yet has its own distinctive off-kilter humour." – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Like an episode of 'Keeping Up Appearances' highjacked by an ex-rated version of 'Little Britain' " – Time Out
Two new plays from award-winning writer Russell Barr that consider what it means to live in confined spaces.
Vantastic focuses on the life of Pam, her pet dog Shaggy, her family and friends. They are all on holiday together, in two caravans. Stuck. A mysterious young man arrives and changes all their lives forever.
In Lobster Chatty and her grandson Tobias live in a nuclear bunker. Tobias has never been allowed out and wanted a friend. Chatty found him one - the boy with no name. Together they live in the bunker. Today is Tobias’s Birthday. They are all waiting for the end of the world.
Russell Barr has worked as an actor for over ten years. He has worked extensively in film and theatre. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His first play Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters was first performed at the Traverse in an Out of Joint production directed by Max Stafford Clark. It won the Carol Tambor/ Scotsman award for the best production at the Edinburgh Festival 2004, and went on to do two runs in London at the Drill Hall, and two runs Off Broadway. His recent plays include Vantastic and Lobster which were commissioned for Queer up North 2009. A double bill of Vantastic and Lobster was performed at the Oval House Theatre in autumn 2009. He is a recipient of multiple awards from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.