Alistair Beaton's brilliant new comedy is in lockstep with the times. The issues are as urgent as ever. Terrific funDaily Mail
'How would you feel about sitting in front of that nice old village pub on a sunny afternoon while convoys of 40-ton tankers roll past six feet away?'
Deerland Energy's plans to drill for shale gas in the pretty village of Fenstock are going well. The company is looking at big profits.
They can count on the support of distinguished scientists working in University departments funded by the energy companies while at local level, Councillor Pilbeam, Chair of the Planning Committee, seems to be open to lucrative offers.
The only slight snag is a ragged band of protesters, reluctantly led by retired academic, Elizabeth Blackwood. Surely she's just another 'mad old biddy', as she's characterised by ruthless PR guru Joe Selby?
This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power. Beaton is a much-praised political satirist whose television work includes the BAFTA-nominated The Trial of Tony Blair, and such classics as Spitting Image. His plays include the award-winning Feelgood in the West End and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Chichester (2012).
Richard Wilson directed Simply Disconnected for Festival 1996. His acclaimed work includes Blasted at Sheffield Theatres where he is also an Associate Director. As an actor his recent work includes Krapp's Last Tape (Sheffield Theatres).
A distinguished cast includes James Bolam playing Jack, returning to Chichester following many previous appearances including roles in Semi-Detached (1999) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2005). Anne Reid plays Elizabeth. Acclaimed for her many roles in theatre, television and film, her credits include Last Tango in Halifax (BBC). Her previous work at Chichester includes Out of This World (2004).