Wickedly comic housing crisis satire in Diss

PUBLISHED: 10:01 24 June 2019

Housing crisis satire Radiant Vermin is being performed at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: EM Productions

Housing crisis satire Radiant Vermin is being performed at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: EM Productions


Philip Ridley’s dark comedy Radiant Vermin is being performed in Diss as part of a limited number of shows in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Radiant Vermin is a wickedly comic satire about a young couple who are offered a way out of the housing crisis, and just how far they're prepared to go for it.

It was originally staged in London's Soho Theatre in 2015 starring Gemma Whelan and Sean Michael Verey to great critical acclaim.

This production will star actors Frances Lamb as Miss Dee, Jake Kubala as Ollie and Emma Martin as Jill and will be directed by former director of the Maddermarket Theatre, Peter Sowerbutts.

Emma Martin, who is producing the show, said: "I saw the play in its first staging in London in 2015 and was absolutely bowled over by it and the wonderful darkly comic nature of Philip Ridley's writing.

"Leaving the theatre I was overcome with a passion to stage the show locally and had already pictured Jake Kubala as the character Ollie.

"I'm thrilled, four years and lots of planning later, to have my dream team together to stage this brilliant play. I really hope audiences will love it as much as I did.'

Philip Ridley is perhaps best known his award-winning screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays (1990), a biopic about the Kray twins, which was directed by Peter Medak.

His debut play was The Pitchfork Disney (1991) and he has written 14 adult stage plays including the multi-award-winning The Fastest Clock in the Universe, the controversial Mercury Fur, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle Tonight with Donny Stixx, Karagula and Angry.

He was one of 25 contemporary British writers asked to contribute a scene to NT25 Chain Play, celebrating 25 years of the Royal National Theatre in London.

- Radiant Vermin is being performed at Diss Corn Hall on June 27, 8pm, £10 (£6 students), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

- It is also being performed at Wingfield Barns on June 26.

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