Olivia Poulet, best known as Tory staffer Emma Messinger in Channel 4’s hit comedy The Thick of It, will star opposite Joseph Drake (Vernon God Little, The Lion in Winter), in the world premiere of new play Shivered, by acclaimed playwright Philip Ridley, at the Southwark Playhouse, London.
A young couple are moving into their new home. A soldier is being held hostage. Two boys are searching for monsters. All these things are connected by both family and time… but what story can be told when family and time are broken?
Covering over twelve years, it unpicks the story of two families and then re-weaves it into something new and startling. Seven people, one war, a derelict car plant and mysterious lights in the sky… all come together in the Essex new-town of Draylingstowe, where the view from green hills once offered hope and prosperity for all. Shivered will be directed by Russell Bolam