The Upstarts Theatre Company performed Chaos by Laura Lomas at The Magna Carta School Arts Centre as part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.
Chaos is one of ten brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK:
By Laura Lomas
A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing. Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.
Why I wrote this play
‘I’m interested in chaos. I think most of the time we try to impose order on our lives – we’re scared of the mess of being alive; we want to contain it, to put our hands around it. I wanted to write something that embraced chaos, that celebrated it, in all its strange unpredictable energy, in all its trouble, and its beauty. I didn’t want it to always make sense, but I did want it to feel very a live – all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager.’
The audience got to experience the true nature of the teenage experience with this incredible cast and crew.
Cast and crew pictured with visiting director Elvie from The National Theatre