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posted: 30 Aug 2019 -
Fast
By Kate Barton. Produced by Digital Drama in association with Park Theatre
society/company: Park Theatre (professional) (directory)
from: 15 Oct 2019 - 09 Nov 2019
venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP


The cast has been announced for the compelling and chilling true story, Fast.

A psychological drama, laced with suspense, it follows the cult health professional Linda Hazzard, played by Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders, BBC; An Ideal Husband, The Old Vic; The Master Builder, Theatre Royal Haymarket), whose cures had a shocking mortality rate. In a chilling parallel to our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and pills, Fast is the true story of Linda Hazzard who advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided a nation.

How far would you go to find the perfect cure? In an isolated region of the Pacific Northwest, ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard opens her clinic to the public. But, the public do not always survive. Joining Lawrie on stage will be Jordon Stevens (Harlots, ITV and Hulu; Call the Midwife, BBC; Phantom Thread) and Natasha Cowley (Othelllo, Shakespeare’s Globe; Connections 2018, National Theatre; War and Peace, BBC Radio 4) who appear as her patients Claire and Dora Williamson. Journalist Horace R. Cayton Jr. will be played by Daniel Norford (Small Island, National Theatre; Disney’s The Lion King, UK and international tour; Rocky Shock, Wardrobe Theatre).

Shortlisted for Best New Play 2018 by New Writing South, Fast is a dark and powerful thriller, based entirely on real historical figures, which interrogates the lengths people will go to for ambition, for a story, for a cure. When searching for a clean slate without discomfort, niggles or twinges, it can be easy to lose sight of the risks of extreme methodologies when they promise to be the miracle solution.

Director Kate Valentine comments, Hooked on Internet influencers, we now risk trusting people who peddle pills and potions and can lose sight of the perils to our health when adopting extreme regimes. Fast depicts a remarkable woman who uses her powers of persuasion to lure patients, desperate for any miracle cure. Laced with suspense and psychological drama, Fast explores the true crime of a woman determined to prove herself to a world challenging her methodologies.


Fast
Performance Dates: Tuesday 15th October – Saturday 9th November 2019
Monday – Saturday, 7.45pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees, 3.15pm
Captioned Thursday 31 October, 7.45pm
Location: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JP
Box Office: Tickets are available here: www.parktheatre.co.uk or on 020 1871 6876, 10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket. Previews, £14.50; standard, £18; concessions, £16.50; Child, £13; Park Up Members £10.
How to get there: Park Theatre is a four minute walk from Finsbury Park Station (on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Leave from the Station Place exit, turn left under the bridge on Stroud Green Road, then take the second left into Morris Place. Park Theatre is at the end of Morris Place. Please allow an extra 4 minutes for your journey.
Age Guidance: 14+

Creatives

Director: Kate Valentine
Writer: Kate Barton
Designer: Emily Bestow

Cast

Caroline Lawrie
Natasha Cowley
Daniel Norford
Jordon Stevens

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes TBC
Twitter: @DigiDrama @ParkTheatre #FastPlay



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