by Philip Ridley
The next in Melbourne Civic Theatre's series of new play readings will be RADIANT VERMIN by Philip Ridley, a science fiction/horror fable/dark comedy. Reading the play will be Brenda Sheets and Lily Porter, with casting of the remaining role pending.
Tickets are $10 and go on sale Tuesday May 28 @ 11am.
When a young couple is offered an ideal house by a mysterious stranger, it prompts the question: How far would any of us go to get our dream home? A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, RADIANT VERMIN is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality.
“RADIANT VERMIN is a blithely told fable for the age of unaffordable housing. Like a Brothers Grimm story, it is executed with its own consistent fantasy logic, deployed to remind us of the dangers of getting what we wish for…it makes for nasty and energetic fun…” —NY Times.
“…finely tuned…a fable-like tale, glittering with menace and laced with the supernatural…precise, intense and breathtaking…” —The Stage (UK).
“[Ridley’s] approach is more accessible and overtly political than usual…Ridley pictures consumerism at its most insane and destructive. He’s on stingingly funny form…” —The Evening Standard (London).
“…sheer genius: superb, playful writing, zany, magical plot arcs, pristine characterizations, and acutely rhythmic and cleverly paced humor…[RADIANT VERMIN] enthralls, mesmerizes, shocks, agreeably satisfies our 'middle class notions,' then rocks us to the core. The play is never preachy, but it slams you through quiet revelations throughout, sweetly showing that for every step up the ladder of prosperity, someone pays with their lives and substance.” —TheaterPizzazz.com.