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Radiant Vermin - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FIRST Knight Theatre is presenting Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, November 20 to Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Jill is expecting her first baby and she and her husband Ollie are desperate to find a home of their own for their new family… But HOW??

In what is described as a diabolically funny, vicious dark comedy, a government department has found an ingenious solution to the twin dilemmas of housing shortage and homelessness. Be prepared to be appalled at yourself for laughing out loud at the horrors revealed in this wickedly funny play.

Home ownership is slipping out of reach: no matter how hard they work, it’s becoming more and more difficult for young people to buy a home of their own. Levels of homelessness are rising: more than 2,000 people a year will have no roof over their head and end up sleeping rough.

At a time of crisis in the housing market, how far would you be prepared to compromise your principles to secure a home for you and your family?

The cast includes Laura Janes, Matthew John Wright and Emma Sweeney.

Radiant Vermin is directed and designed by Dan Armour, with video design by Dave Jones and costume design by Pauline Armour and the company.

Philip Ridley has written 13 adult stage plays including the seminal The Pitchfork Disney (1990), and the multi-award-winning The Fastest Clock in the Universe (1992). He has also written several plays and award-winning books for children and is a very successful screenplay writer (The Krays) and film director including The Reflecting Skin (winner of 11 international awards), and Heartless starring Timothy Spall and Eddie Marsan.

Ridley was one of 25 contemporary British writers asked to contribute a scene to NT25 Chain Play, celebrating 25 years of the Royal National Theatre. He has won The Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer to British Film and Most Promising Playwright awards – the only person ever to receive both

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Ross McGregor’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Arrows and Traps Theatre (until October 27); Sweet Like Chocolate Boy by award-winning theatre-maker Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (October 30 to November 17, 2018); and the European professional premier of Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist (April 9 to April 27, 2019).