LONDON – Based on a chilling true story, new psychological drama Fast follows cult health professional Linda Hazzard (Caroline Lawrie), whose cures had a shocking mortality rate. Paralleling our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and pills, Fast is the true story of how Hazzard 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 and Natasha Cowley ,who appear as her patients Claire and Dora Williamson. Journalist Horace R. Cayton Jr. will be played by Daniel Norford.
Shortlisted for Best New Play 2018 by New Writing South, Fast promises to be 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.
Comments director Kate Valentine: “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 plays from 15th October to 9th November 2019 at Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP. Tickets available here