A tale of binge drinking and the single woman.
Untamed Productions, a Birmingham-based theatre company, are headed to the Old Joint Stock Theatre with their premiere of Blackout: a short two-hander play that deals with contemporary women’s issues.
Hanxiety, The Fear, Sunday Scaries – all the while handling the patriarchal pressures of being 30 and single. A story of friendship, fuck ups and female power: join Tilly (Poppy Abbott) and JJ (Emma Hodgkinson) as they simultaneously screw the system and their livers.
Tilly and JJ have different approaches to dealing with turning 30 and finding themselves single. Tilly feels left behind from the rest of her peers, whilst JJ enjoys the freedom of being alone. However, they have one thing in common – they both love to drink.
The play explores how the girls cope with dating as Millenials, pressures of fertility, societal expectations of femininity – and their exquisite ability to both get completely blackout drunk. Everyone does it right? So what’s the problem?
But, what happens when something terrible happens during a blackout night that neither of them can remember? Untamed is a community devoted to empowering creatives. From producing female centred theatre to connecting local artists through workshops and scratch nights: they champion the voices of undertold stories and creatives.
The producer for Blackout is Gabriella Sills, who has recently been awarded a Stage One bursary, with sound design by Joseph Harper and artwork and photography by Michael Delaney. The cast consists of Poppy Abbott who recently toured David Walliams’ Awful Auntie with Heartbreak Productions and Emma Hodgkinson who is a writer, director and actor having recently toured Blithe Spirit with Tethered Wits. Stuart Ash lends his voice to Jono who is heard, but never seen.
Blackout is kicking off in the heart of Birmingham, at The Old Joint Stock on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November at 8pm. Standard tickets are £13 and can be booked here.