Also published by A Younger Theatre
It feels fictional but never absurdist, outlandish but never untenable. Andrea’s (Emily Thornton) situation is shocking and slightly outrageous, but is ultimately believable. Philip Ridley adds descriptive colour to the script to such an effective degree that the events in Dark Vanilla Jungle, no matter how beyond the realms of normality, are possible. And if they did all happen to one naïve, damaged, teenage girl, that is the most horrifying thought of all.
Philip Ridley’s award-winning Dark Vanilla Jungle plays at Theatre N16 from 21 March 2017 by Second Sons Theatre.
Pairing director Jamie Lloyd with writer Philip Ridley seems almost guaranteed to produce a hit – a vibrant director that appeals to a youthful, diverse audience and a writer who found fame in the 1990s for pioneering vulgar, shocking and unapologetic plays. Bringing a fresh take on The Pitchfork Disney to the basement studio of Shoreditch Town Hall is a triquetra of hipster chic, so much so that only the most disparaging of theatregoers would assume this to be anything other than a success. Not one to rest on his name though, Jamie Lloyd turns to his long-standing successful collaboration with Soutra Gilmour to design an evocative set, highly stylised and oozing character, in order to immerse the audience in the scene and saturate us with an uneasy, dystopian yet oddly comfortable atmosphere. We are unsure and already intrigued.