In chemistry, catenation is the bonding of atoms of the same element into a series, called a chain. A chain may be open if its ends are not bonded to each other, or closed if they are bonded in a ring. In the same way, the bonds between two humans can adapt, deform and fracture over the course of a lifetime.
A semi-autobiographical solo show about boys, mediocrity and cheap whizz. Both characters are 16 years old, both on the cusp of adulthood and living in the same town. Whilst Tony is middle class and begins on a more comfortable social level, he grapples with his identity and increasing drug dependency, partly fueled by his friendship with Guy – who is determined to work his way up the ladder from his less privileged start in life. The play tells the story of Tony’s descent into poverty and Guy’s ascent into questionable wealth through the eyes of the two main characters, a narrator, a puppet drug dealer and a monster made from hummus.
Think a lo-fi Skins with lingering suggestions of the Mighty Boosh on a pot noodle budget. Informed by decades of contemporary urban fairytales (from the likes of Kate Tempest, Jonathan Harvey and Harmony Korine), T.S. IDIOT brings his trademark brand of self-deprecation, dark comedy and painful honesty to a show that will entertain and disconcert in equal measures. Imagine, if you will, a lo-fi episode of Skins with lingering wafts of the Mighty Boosh, seasoned with salty queerness and produced on a pot noodle budget. Catenation is currently in development, with a scratch version ready for performance in late 2019 and a full run for the 2020 fringe festival season.
Written & Performed by T.S. IDIOT
Love and thanks to Teddy Lamb, Jordan Linton, Poppy Horwood, Danny Muir and Leah Liddle for all their advice and support.