We are delighted to announce that LAVA will be touring in Spring 2022 after being postponed due to pandemic. The play will open at Soho Theatre in London before touring nationally.
“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
Focusing on the stages of grief and the ways we find to cope, exploring love, friendship and human connection, Lava is set in the aftermath of a natural disaster which has struck London.
Lava considers what happens to those who can’t express themselves in a world that celebrates self-expression, and looks at the lengths we will go to to make sense of our sadness.
Writer James Fritz said: “We’ve waited a long time for this. We were supposed to share Lava with audiences back in 2020, before the pandemic, so I'm excited to see how people respond to the play in the very different world of 2022. At its heart Lava is about four people looking for healing and connection in the wake of a national tragedy, which feels like a good story to be telling after everything we’ve been through. But more importantly, Fifth Word’s production is so funny, hopeful and full of beautiful moments that I can't wait for people to
see it. It’s been a long time coming.”
Fifth Word’s Laura Ford said: “Fifth Word commission work that tells the stories of people who often find themselves on the margins or struggle to be heard, and with LAVA this is literally the case. LAVA tells the story of Vin, a young man who stops talking in the wake of a catastrophic disaster, and who is struggling to make sense of his feelings in a world that feels out of control. Unbelievably, this piece was commissioned before the pandemic, so audiences will be watching through a different lens to its premiere in 2018. But this play feels so right for now and will be more pertinent than ever, asking questions around how a seismic global event ripples
through our everyday lives and emotions, how we begin to process a tragedy that can feel distant and unfathomable, and whether some people’s grief or sadness has more legitimacy than others. “At a time when the world feels unpredictable and sometimes terrifying, LAVA shows that there is also hope, resolve, humour, and a sense that anything is possible. At the very heart of this play is a story about love, friendship and an asteroid-shaped hole."
We are thrilled to confirm the cast includes Ex-Eastenders and Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth (Vicky), Dan Parr (Vin) and Fred Fergus (Jamie).
21 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3NE
Tuesday 5 - Saturday 30 April 2022
7:15pm and 2:30pm matinees on 9, 16 and 23 April | £12 - £24
Box office: 020 7478 0100 | www.sohotheatre.com
Sheffield Crucible (Studio Theatre)
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 1DA
Wednesday 11 May 2022
8pm | £13 (£11)
Box office: 0114 249 6000 | www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
& further tour dates to be announced in 2022