PREVIEW: Supernova, Omnibus Theatre

Following a brief run as part of the VAULT Festival this year, the play written by and performed by Rhiannon Neads arrives at the Omnibus Theatre from the 25th April.

Having been nominated for the Origins Award at this year’s VAULT Festival, Stiff & Kitsch Productions have announced the play will transfer to the Omnibus Theatre from the 25th April until the 13th May 2023.

On paper Tess and Harry are perfect for each other: they both try too hard at fancy dress, have prepared escape plans for the apocalypse, and would happily stay in together for 3 days straight eating take-out and watching Star Wars.  

But as astrophysicists and your friends would tell you – the brighter it burns, the darker the collapse.     

This debut play from writer and performer Rhiannon Neads (Funny Women Comedy Writing Award Runner Up 2017). She is also one half of musical comedy duo Stiff & Kitsch (Musical Comedy Award winners 2018, as heard on The Now Show, BBC Radio 4). The production also stars Sam Swann (Pomona, National Theatre/Orange Tree, One Day, Netflix).

Supernova is directed by  Jessica Dromgoole, award winning audio director and editor of Home Front (BBC Radio 4), whose theatre credits include The Madness of Esme and Shaz (Royal Court), Ripped (Soho) and Just Not Fair (National Theatre).

Talking about the play Rhiannon Neads said: “I wanted to write a show about mental health that was also properly funny. A show with a high-functioning depressive as the protagonist, who allows us to laugh in even the darkest moments. It deals with the greater impact depression can have on surrounding loved ones, and the difficulties of maintaining relationships. But first and foremost, it’s about the potential for recovery, and the possibility of making peace with the scariest corners of our brains.”

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