A Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse co-production


By James Fritz


Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 May 2020, 7.45pm

Neville Studio - Tickets: £13

Age guidance 14+ - 1 hr 25 mins (no interval)


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LAVA – A new play by James Fritz

“He can’t speak.”
“What, at all?”

Boy meets girl. Boy can’t talk to girl.

And a small asteroid has hit the capital city.

It was ridiculous. Impossible. But it happened. As London adjusts to life after an unthinkable disaster, in a small town far away, a young man called Vin finds he can no longer speak. Is it shock? Grief? Or something else?

While Vin’s mum Vicky struggles with a loss of her own, his friend Rach is determined to help him find a way out of silence. But when Rach’s family take in a charismatic and articulate survivor, who thinks talking – or even singing – about your suffering is the way to heal, Vin’s plight is suddenly eclipsed…

In a world that celebrates self-expression, what happens to those who can’t express themselves? And what lengths will we go to to make sense of our sadness?

LAVA is written by award-winning playwright James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Parliament Square, Ross & Rachel). Sharply funny and deeply moving, LAVA is a tender, necessary story about friendship and human connection in the face of the inexplicable.

“Compassionate, warm and funny” ★★★★ The Stage


“James Fritz’s work is current without straining for topicality. His plays have a knack of anticipating the zeitgeist, becoming more rather than less relevant over time.”
The Guardian

★★★★ “Fritz’s work pairs structural playfulness with emotional intelligence and inky wit. … His plays are contained and compassionate, and frequently find reservoirs of humour in places you wouldn’t expect.”
The Stage (on Lava)

★★★★ “A beautiful bit of visual storytelling… A compassionate, emotionally astute and often very funny play.”
The Stage (on Lava)

★★★★ “The four actors are uniformly excellent.”
East Midlands Theatre (on Lava)

“James Fritz’s intelligent new play”
The Times (on Lava)

“Enigmatic and riveting”
Nottingham Post (on Lava)

Cast and Crew

Name Role
Fred Fergus Jamie
Safiyya Ingar Rach
Kacey Ainsworth Vicky
Dan Parr Vin
Angharad Jones Director
Laura Ford Associate Director
Corinne Salisbury Producer
Amy Jane Cook Designer
Alexandra Stafford Lighting Designer
Dan Balfour Sound Designer
Louise Rhoades-Brown Video Designer
Nic Wass Dramaturg

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