by Vivienne Franzmann
Kirkgate Youth Theatre
A play about a teenage girl who has something growing inside her. She doesn’t know what it is, but she knows it’s not a baby. It expands in her body. It starts in her stomach, but quickly outgrows that, until eventually it takes over the entirety of her insides. It has claws. She feels them. Does it have teeth, skin, and hair – or is that feathers, or spikes she can feel, butting up against her organs?
What is it?
It makes a noise, like a lizard or a snake. No one must know about it. She has to keep its presence, its possession of her, concealed. She pulls away from her friends. She refuses to speak in case The It is heard. Then the It tries to escape from her body. She can’t let that happen. She cuts an isolated, weird figure at school, trying to live her life ‘normally’, battling to keep The It inside of her.
But she can’t contain it forever, sooner or later something’s got to give…
This is a darkly comic state of the nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within, written very specifically for today.
Vivienne Franzmann won a Bruntwood Playwriting Award for her first play Mogadishu and was awarded the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010. Her next play, The Witness premiered at the Royal Court, London in 2012. In 2014, Vivienne’s play Pests was performed at the Royal Exchange and the Royal Court. In 2016, The Snow Queen was performed at the Bristol Old Vic. In 2017, Bodies premiered at the Royal Court, London. She has written for Channel 4, BBC 1, Radio 4 and Radio 3. In 2014, Vivienne was awarded a BAFTA for her short film for children, Lizard Girl.
Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.
300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year.
Kirkgate Youth Theatre will also be presenting The IT at our regional partner theatre, Theatre by the Lake, on Tuesday 17 March at 6.30pm. Booking here.