Suburbica in association with Theatre503 present
RUNNING TIME: 60 mins
Bella and Leon are having a party, Apocalypse themed. The world is supposed to end tonight. But as the games get more dangerous, fires start, gun men storm the building, and they begin to question what is real and what is not.
Why do apocalyptic narratives from the media and Hollywood scare and excite us, while real violence becomes more abstract? What does this hysteria do to us? What are the consequences of the virtual? 100 Ways the Fire Starts is a black comedy about simulated violence and how we fetishize the apocalypse.
The play was first produced at Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response, where director Dadiow Lin and Max first collaborated. It was then developed into a full-length production as part of the National Theatre’s Playwright’s Development Programme.
Max likes satire and black comedy; stories where we are confronted with visions of ourselves, both human and vulgar. He likes dystopia and cities, and how much we have changed as people in light of the internet. Max has had work professionally produced at the King’s Head Theatre, Theatre503, The Platform Theatre and many others across London. He has collaborated as a dramaturg with the Wooster Group in New York, The English Theatre Berlin and the British Museum (Shakespeare Staging The World). He’s been part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Playwright’s lab, The Arcola workshops, and is a current member of the Finborough Theatre’s Writer’s Group. Max is currently developing a play this winter as part of the National Theatre’s Playwright’s Development Programme.
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