Leaving

Dead Good Theatre and The Bunker present

Leaving

written by Karla Marie Sweet

"Every now and then I think about just getting up and walking – No, running, out of here. Away from this. And the truth is, every now and then, I actually do. I get up, I walk out of the front door and I just run. And I run and I run ‘til my lungs burn and my breath falls short... And everything’s a blur. And it’s winter so I’m freezing half to death. Or it’s summer so sweat’s dripping down my face and into my eyes as I run and run and run."

Exciting new company Dead Good Theatre present Leaving, "a striking provocation of a play" that explores the lives of people dealing with the impact of having to leave something or someone. Amongst 23 short scenes and monologues, that may somehow feel connected, we meet an astronaut about to embark on their first mission, an abused spouse who finally decides to leave their relationship, an immigrant forced to part ways with their partner as they enter a deportation facility, a group of factory workers planning a walk out and a suicidal celebrity contemplating the hereafter. Love and violence, hopes and dreams and parents and children trickle through the narrative as the play reflects on how we so often must disentangle ourselves from what we know, in the hope of something better.
 

Karla Marie Sweet has over seven years of storytelling experience through her work at the BBC, Sony Pictures Entertainment and various indies. As Production Trainee at the BBC, Karla worked in the script department on Casualty. As a professional writer, her six-part mystery thriller was optioned by ITV Studios and she was invited to co-develop a series for Lime Pictures. In 2017, Karla was one of ten writers shortlisted for Theatre503’s annual residency programme. Later that year, her Edinburgh Fringe show previewed at the theatre before completing a full run at Underbelly, where it was longlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. She was recently part of the writers room for forthcoming Netflix series Get Even.

Dead Good Theatre tell stories that reflect the world we live in and this is demonstrated throughout our philosophy, artistic approach and company members, who hail from all walks of life. Because representation matters. We breathe new life into current/ongoing social and political issues, showing how both national and international concerns can impact the individual(s) in society as they go about their every day life. The company's aim is to develop work from within, utilising the incredible breadth of talent our creatives have. deadgoodtheatre.com