Reverend Theatre’s new double bill of two one act plays, Nerve and Jekyll & Hyde, both written by Charlie Howitt, are two distinct but interwoven plays set within the same apartment block. Pertinently, they both explore morality in contemporary Britain. This double bill embarks on an exciting national tour this Autumn.
Nerve follows a disparate group of people as they work to find their own authenticity. Sam edges closer to her magnetic new housemate Danny, inspired by his bold, decisive approach to life. But, after a violent dispute with their neighbour, she is left struggling to locate her moral centre. Her best friend, Tess, is overwhelmed by anxiety as she approaches the 24th week of her pregnancy. While, local policeman Greg is too lost trying to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife to notice that their neighbour from Flat B is missing.
Inspired by the Gothic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, Reverend Theatre’s Jekyll & Hyde blurs the lines between good and evil, insane imaginings and real life monsters. Brilliant surgeon Ellie Jekyll is feeling the strain of caring for her terminally ill brother. Luckily, a newfound friendship with her neighbour proves to be just what the doctor ordered. But, when a young girl dies unexpectedly during surgery, Jekyll’s world begins to unravel around her.
Howitt comments, “My ambition was to write without any moralising agenda, so as to empower an audience to make up their own minds about the contemporary issues presented in the plays. It’s even more important to me that these stories be told from a female perspective. I am so excited to have these stories (and the complex female characters driving them) touring this autumn.”
These two original plays focus on everyday people pushed to their limits. Prompting questions about our ethical values in the UK, each play enhances the experience of the other, highlighting the thematic subtleties, with passion, honesty and humour.
Reverend Productions is an official supported company of the Greenwich Theatre.
Jekyll & Hyde and Nerve
Running time 2 and a half hours (including a 15-minute interval)
Box Office Tickets are available from individual theatre box office
Playwright Charlie Howitt
Produced by Charlie Howitt and Brian McMahon
Director Jason Warren
Performers Charlie Howitt, Jack Govan, Lee Comely and Kate Novak
17th – 18th September Pleasance Theatre
Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF
30th September The Shelley Theatre
16 Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX
7th – 8th October The Underground Theatre
Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TL
10th – 11th October Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
13th October Fisher Theatre
10 Broad Street, Bungay NR35 1EE
21st October The Old Fire Station
40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ