to Worcester Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2022...
"A sausage-maker and an apprentice walk into a kitchen, but this is no joke."
BUTCHERED is a new blood-thirsty absurdist drama about
challenging tradition, escaping the mundane and doing what has to be done...
Our upcoming show is our most ambitious yet. Inspired by the Theatre of the Absurd and the phrase "bags o' mystery", BUTCHERED is a show about doing what you have to before you can do what you want. It co-stars company members Ez Holland and Nic Lawton as Master Sausage and their Apprentice, and will be performed at this year's Worcester and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
After working in a basement kitchen for as long as they can remember, Master Sausage is content with their life. They work hard and cannot imagine doing anything else. They can't do anything else. But when a fresh-faced apprentice arrives, babbling streams of consciousness, artistic passions and a harsh reality are brought with them. With their daily routine disrupted, the Master is forced to look their life in the eye and climb into the belly of the beast. With tensions rising, sinister questions start to rear their heads. What does it mean to be happy? Is there more to life than this? What's in those sausages anyway?
hear. speak. see.
Dinner with strangers is always awkward, especially when you’re the guest of honour.
You are cordially invited to the dinner party of your life. The dress code is “come as you are”. Secrets and all. Pour yourself into this twisted tale, relish in a new form of dynamic storytelling and devour this experience from a new perspective.
We only ask that you make yourself at home, keep your elbows off the table and be who you say you are. ‘Hear. Speak. See.’ is a brand new immersive drama by Expial Atrocious… and we’ve saved you a seat.
Hear. Speak. See. premiered at 2021's digital Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received high praise from audiences and reviewers. Created in about 2 months, filmed during the hottest week of the year on an iPhone 7, with many scenes filmed in one take, it's safe to say we are incredibly proud of this piece. This was our first 'big' show as a company and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It's weird, immersive and insanely aesthetic.
Praise for Hear. Speak. See.
★ ★ ★ ★
"A truly riveting, curious and intriguing show, which will have you gripped from start to finish." -Emily East, WestEndBF
★ ★ ★ ★
"Off-kilter from the outset, Expial Atrocious skillfully unsettles and intrigues in a dynamic, immersive performance that expertly exploits the digital medium. Absurdist elements accent the well-paced unravelling of a mystery that packs an unexpected emotional punch." -FringeBiscuit
★ ★ ★ ★
"If you’re in the mood for mystery, and psychological horror, you won’t find many more innovative and clever pieces this year in online-Edinburgh. I can’t wait to see what they do next." -Alex Haydn-Williams, EdFringe Review
Have you ever felt so trapped in your present that you look to others to escape it?
After turning her lockdown life around, N. J. Lawton’s new one-act play Window Observations is about looking to an unsuspecting source for inspiration during a time of national crisis. Three nameless women in quarantine take a break from their neglected routines to look out of their windows and narrate the lives of others on the other sides of the glass.
As the women’s stories start to link and they see the things they think nobody else can, their detailed descriptions begin to intertwine and soon, the audience can see them too. Written to be performed on camera, Window Observations was created about isolation, in a time of isolation. The play showcases how taking the time to pause, breathe and look can make you realise more things than you may have thought possible.