Exeter: 10th - 15th June 2019
"Whatever, Cookie, it's the end of the world - it's not like you get to choose your company."
Cats. Cocaine. Impending doom. Six disparate housemates contend with demons both inner and outer when they are confronted with Armageddon on their doorstep.
Armageddon, Baby! is a play in two Acts. The first covers the night of Armageddon, and how the calm and collected Kipper, the frantic Bishop, the determined Cookie, the volatile Kitty, the insular Norton, and the dreamy, prescient Lana are forced to contend with how to spend their final night. Increasingly unsettling events within the house force everyone’s respective ambitions for the night into conflict, culminating in the violence of the deteriorating outside world crashing its way into their backyard. The second occurs an indeterminable amount of time later, in a post-Armageddon landscape none of the characters thought they’d live to see. Trapped in their own insular new world order, their minds and memories eroded, those that remain must desperately try to consolidate whether a previous world did indeed ever truly exist.
To mark the dramatic tonal and locational shift between the two acts, the play was performed over two consecutive nights in two different sites – the first being the concrete backyard of a house, and the second a claustrophobic bunker. With a limited, exclusive audience capacity of ten for each performance, the show distinguished itself as an intimate and sensory performance experience.
Written by Will Pinhey
Directed by India Howland and Will Pinhey
Produced by Emma Gabola
Costume by Julia Vredenberg
Stage management by Rudy Tan
Photography and visuals by India Howland
Macauley Keeper as Kipper
Samuel Nicholls as Bishop
Laura Jackson as Cookie
Mima Beauchamp as Kitty
Harvey Wright as Norton
Charlie Howard as Spade
India Howland as Lana
Will Pinhey as Rafe
'This cast are insanely talented and talented at being insane.'
'A tense and harrowing atmosphere that keeps the audience on its toes.'
'Degenerated and disturbed.'
All quotes taken from RAZZ magazine's review of Armageddon, Baby!