Presented by Big Loop Theatre Company
Written by Kitty Hughes
Directed by Duncan Hallis
Jules - Alice Downing
Todd - Cory Tucker
Critical acclaim for Cheer (2018):
“Clever, humorous and heartfelt... there is bleakness but also hope”
British Theatre Guide
“Brimming with wit and intrigue”
★★★★ The Sprout
“Enjoyable and funny, as well as deeply political and though-provoking”
Get The Chance
“Cheer offers a perverse humour and hope in a divided world”
★★★★ Quench Magazine
“the two-page programme sheet contains 14 uses of the word ‘fuck’”
★ The Stage
To what length would you go to be happy at Christmas?
It’s nearly Christmas.
It’s so nearly Christmas that the pressure is on. By law there is a partridge in every pear tree, the lengths of tinsel to wall ratio cannot be off by an inch and you better not sing out of tune. City districts have been cordoned off for Christmas celebrations, the Police are checking everyone’s Christmas licenses and Cheer is being dealt on every street corner.
This is Christmas. In an attempt to capitalize even more on the country in a time of low morale, the government brought Christmas, hard. The elite celebrate the festive season, purchasing extortionately priced Christmas licenses from the state. The rest of society aren’t so fortunate, resorting to the synthetically produced ‘Cheer’, a black market substance dealt in pill form - simulating all of the warm, fuzzy feelings of the festive season.
In the back room of an illegal bar Jules sits making fake Christmas licenses in the run up to Christmas Day, selling them to those who can just about afford one, trading contraband with people who can’t. When a stranger, Todd, knocks on what she thought was the hidden door to her office, she is offered a new deal. But is Jules willing to take this next step into the Christmas underworld?
Is it safe?
What would happen if they were caught?
And all this talk of Cheer?
Would it just be easier to slip into oblivion?
An original play presented by Big Loop Theatre Company, Cheer is a challenging display of how far people will go in order to get their festive fix.
27/11 - 15/12 2018 The Other Room
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