Playwright Reece Connolly brings Chutney to The Bunker, Offering a dark commentary on attitudes towards relationship taboos and the illicit desires that bond people or break them, this new black comedy is Animals of Farthing Wood meets American Psycho.
Chutney is at The Bunker 6th November to 1st December 2018.
CHUTNEY is coming to The Bunker, what can you tell us about it?
It’s an anti-love story about two people who have a passion [and talent] for killing animals, specifically their neighbours’ pets. It’s just the thing they’ve been looking for to spice up their lives. And of course, it all goes tits up from there.
What inspired you to write CHUTNEY?
I love horror and I decided to write one set in the scariest place I could imagine – a suburb in Middle England. And everyone loves cute little animals – including me – so that’s why lots of them had to die in this play.
What do you enjoy most about writing dark comedy?
This is the sort of stuff that I find funny. I’m a born + bred Geordie, this is the humour that I grew up with – bit wacky, bit dark, but there’s heart in there too.
Who will CHUTNEY appeal to the most?
I really really hope it tempts people along who might not usually go to the theatre. Theatre’s great because you can’t just press the pause button or change the channel – it’s there, in your face, talking to and looking at you – but sometimes it’s boring, too long, and takes itself too seriously. CHUTNEY is not those plays.
Why is The Bunker the ideal theatre to stage CHUTNEY?
The Bunker champion adventurous theatre and new writing – it’s awesome more and more theatres like it exist and are giving young writers like myself the chance to get our work in front of a living, breathing audience – so I’m very very excited to be working with them on this.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see CHUTNEY?
Please choose my play over watching Netflix and a takeaway. I will try my hardest to make you laugh and deeply disturb you.