LONDON – Through three generations of women who have lost someone close to them, Killing It is a dark and funny exploration of the very modern pressure to make grief useful. When a young man goes missing at sea, his girlfriend does what the traditions of her culture demand and turns her loss into a stand-up show. His mother takes comfort from her YouTube audience, and her son’s best friend. His grandmother is not paying attention because she is busy plotting the assassination of the US president.
Writer and performer Josephine Starte says: “I wrote Killing It at a fairly hopeless time — I’d come back to London after four years in Australia, leaving a relationship and a life, for a self-destructive country full of unhappy old friends. I agreed with them. Then a close friend died suddenly and depression turned into layers of grief: hysteria, disbelief, panic, despondency. Being this heartbroken seemed like something that could easily ruin my life, and my impulse was to write about it, to take back a little control. Killing It developed into a story about this impulse: the need to make sadness productive. I wrote about three women all attempting to be emboldened by tragedy, in the midst of a hardening world, where grief only makes them vulnerable, and where the vulnerable do not survive.”
Killing It plays from 25th to 26th February 2020 at the Network Theatre, 246A Lower Rd, Bishop’s, London SE1 8SJ. Tickets available here
VAULT Festival 2020 runs from 28th January to 22nd March 2020. For full list of programmes, venues and tickets, visit their website here