UNCLEAN SPIRITS is a horrifying new comedy from the Competent Theatre Company. Set (somewhere) in Yorkshire, it brings together the stories of two very different men battling their own unique demons.
Failing comedian Will (Sean Henry) still hasn't gotten over the break-up with his girlfriend, Lizzie (Beccie Allen). He spends his days moping around his flat, over-sharing at the same Open Mic Night each week and lambasting his ever-optimistic flatmate Pete (Louis Saxby). Encouraged by his friend, Will starts to see a good-natured psychotherapist (Pete O'Keeffe, who appears as various characters throughout the play) but even that seems to leave him angrier than when he walked through the door.
Former Exorcist Father Pearson (Callum Sheridan-Lee) is haunted by an unfortunate encounter with a demon many years ago. Now living as a recluse, he relives his dark past over and over, whilst being looked after by his irritatingly chipper housekeeper, Kev. A twist of fate brings him together with American exchange student, Damien (Alastair Hennessey), who entices the Priest out of retirement to face his fears once and for all.
These two stories collide in a farcical finale, inspired by William Friedkin's iconic horror 'The Exorcist'...
Directed by Hannah Roze Lewis of The Moonlighters Collective.
At Competent, we strive to create unpretentious, entertaining and funny theatre with a great deal of heart. 'Unclean Spirits' is our first original production, following performances of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Private Fears in Public Places' (LIPA Sennheiser Studio, 2018) and 'A Couple of Queers', a double bill featuring Alan Bennett's 'A Chip in the Sugar' and Joe Orton's 'The Ruffian on the Stair' (EV1 Studio, Liverpool Everyman, 2019). With feminist theatre company The Moonlighters Collective, we run a regular comedy night in Liverpool, combining stand-up, sketches and improv, encouraging upcoming and established performers to spread their comedic wings.
We need your help to get us to the Fringe! Made up of studying and graduating students from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, we certainly are not swimming in money! Any Ed Fringe venture is massively ambitious, but we have our hearts set on bringing our DIY brand of theatre to a whole new audience. Your money will go towards the costs of venue hire, accomodation, set, costume and props. Anything you can donate will be massively appreciated.
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