Preview: Anomaly at The Old Red Lion Theatre

Anomaly at The Old Red Lion
Anomaly at The Old Red Lion

Anomaly is the unsettling debut play from Liv Warden exploring sisterhood, reputation and loyalty. It is a provocative and timely glimpse into fame, fathers and how the abuse of power can scratch far beyond the surface. Post-Weinstein, this is a story that is ready to be told.

It’s 6am. News has just broken that Phillip Preston, media mogul and film-industry powerhouse has been arrested for assaulting his wife. His three daughters, who lead separate lives, are left with the fallout. As they battle the world’s press, the board members of Preston International and each other, they soon find themselves not only fighting to save the Preston dynasty but to protect everything they know to be true.

In our Kardashian soaked culture of sensationalism, victims’ testimonies are finally being taken seriously and the world is listening. But, this play is not about men like Harvey Weinstein. Anomaly is a war cry for the women who have been left to pick up the pieces.

Liv Warden comments, The main inspiration for me writing this play is how women deal with destruction. Watching the events of the Harvey Weinstein case unfold, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen to his young family. How his two children would be treated at school when the name ‘Weinstein’ was read out, and how unfair it all is that the actions of one man, their father, will inevitably impact their lives forever. So, I created my own Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Mel Gibson or Louis CK. Phillip Preston, a man in position of immense power who we never see face up to his actions. Instead leaving it up to his three daughters to deal with the whirlwind of trauma that he has created over years of abuse, violence, and manipulation.

Anomaly is at The Old Red Lion 8th January to 2nd February 2019.

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