Jude thinks she's going mad. Then she meets Leon, a young magician who can make people disappear. What follows is a wildly entertaining journey through the minds of two young people, surviving against the odds in the big bad city. This powerfully compassionate play about friendship, family and illusion, is also a witty and inventive exploration of mental illness, wrapped up in a delirious game show. Praise for previous productions: 'challenging and passionate new writing' (AYoungerTheatre.com). '...extraordinary energy and vitality ... a tour de force' (EdinburghGuide.com).
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Jude Beringer thinks she's going mad. Then she meets Leon, a young card magician who can make people disappear. What follows is a wildly entertaining journey through the minds of two young people surviving against the odds in the big bad city.
A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light is at once a delirious game-show, a witty and inventive exploration of mental illness, and a powerfully compassionate play about family, friendship and illusion.
Ben Maier is a writer and performer. He recently co-wrote and provided songs for A Dashing Fellow (New Diorama). Other credits include extensive work with Skinnybone Theatre and Wireless Mystery Theatre in Belfast. His one-man show An Imaginary Circus, produced by Belka Productions, commenced a UK tour in November 2014.
'Extraordinary energy and vitality... a tour de force' - Edinburgh Guide on An Imaginary Circus
We first presented an extract at The Big Noise Festival in June 2014, which was a great starting point to develop the script. After further research and development we performed the play to over 300 people during a week-long run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, London in October 2014. We were all delighted with the play's reception, the full houses it received and to now be taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! The play will undergo a rewrite to fit the classic hour-long festival slot and to make it our best version yet.