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“He can’t speak.”
“What, at all?”
Boy meets girl. Boy can’t talk to girl.
And a small asteroid has hit the capital city.
It was ridiculous. Impossible. But it happened. As London adjusts to life after an unthinkable disaster, in a small town far away, a young man called Vin finds he can no longer speak. Is it shock? Grief? Or something else?
While Vin’s mum Vicky struggles with a loss of her own, his friend Rach is determined to help him find a way out of silence. But when Rach’s family take in a charismatic and articulate survivor, who thinks talking – or even singing – about your suffering is the way to heal, Vin’s plight is suddenly eclipsed…
In a world that celebrates self-expression, what happens to those who can’t express themselves? And what lengths will we go to to make sense of our sadness?
From award-winning playwright James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Parliament Square, Ross & Rachel), LAVA is a play for the moment: a funny, tender and moving story about friendship and reconnection in the aftermath of catastrophe.
Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse
Fri 13 May
This play contains strong language and deals with themes of grief, loss and mental health
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Compassionate, warm and funny” The Stage ★★★★
James Fritz’s intelligent new play” The Times
A beautiful bit of visual storytelling … A compassionate, emotionally astute and often very funny play” The Stage ★★★★
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