VAULT Festival 2016, The Vaults, London, March 2016. A Shout In The Dark Production. Directed by Andrew Pritchard. Cast: Karl Mercer, Carla Rose and Josh Husselbee.

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Karl Mercer as Jack and Carla Rose as Kirsty. Photo by Andrew Pritchard.

England, 1984. The Cold War casts a shadow across the country. Farmer’s son Jack lives with the knowledge of a secret government nuclear bunker beneath his family’s land. When he meets siblings Kirsty and Charlie, newly arrived in the village from London, he invites them to break into the bunker with him. But their journey unearths buried secrets, desires and grief, and not everyone emerges alive.

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Josh Husselbee as Charlie and Karl Mercer as Jack. Photo by Andrew Pritchard.

“Twisted fantasies become all the more shocking and have a comic edge – some of the situations really shouldn’t this funny, and it’s a gift to make people laugh and then feel slightly ashamed for doing so….it’s Ross’s humour that makes the play really exciting. Intelligent and genuinely subversive, this comedy has an energy that indicates how much the writer has to say.” Once A Week Theatre.

“the plot takes many twists and turns, constantly keeping the audience on their toes in the darkness of the Vault’s humid arches — a perfect setting for Michael Ross’s lively play…… and Shout in the Dark’s next production Happy To Help coming up in June is one to watch out for.” The Morning Star