Marlowe’s Canterbury Theatre have announced details of their first in-house production.
The Kent venue will stage the British première of Melissa Bubnic’s Beached on 28 October and will run in Canterbury until November 1 before transferring to London’s Soho Theatre.
Bubnic has written for the TV series Shameless but has never had her play produced on this scale before, “I wrote Beached back in 2010. Ultimately you write a play to see it performed and to see an audience react. I’m so glad, and thankful for the opportunity, that so many people will get to see the play this autumn.”
Beached tells the story of 18-year-old Arty, who, at 63 stone, is morbidly obese and the world’s fattest teenager. He is a young man literally going nowhere.
All this is set to change when a reality TV crew moves in to ruthlessly document Arty’s supposed transformation from bedridden walrus to trousered sophisticate.
For Marlowe Theatre Director Mark Everett Beached is the chance to fulfil a long-held ambition. “Up until now, we have primarily been a receiving house, with touring companies coming to us. This exciting move into producing is something we always said we would do and Beached is exactly the right vehicle.”
Beached will run at The Marlowe Studio from 28 October to 1 November and then at Soho Theatre from 4 to 23 November.
For more information visit www.marlowetheatre.com