by James Fritz

"Compassionate, warm and funny"
The Stage

"The four actors are uniformly excellent"
East Midlands Theatre

"Enigmatic and riveting"
Nottingham Post

"Hypnotic from beginning to end"
Theatre World Internet Magazine

LAVA premiered in the Neville studio in June 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse. Nottingham Playhouse’s first studio production under Adam Penford’s tenure as artistic director.

LAVA will be touring in 2019. Interested venues please contact Corinne Salisbury for further details.

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Watch: Writer James Fritz tells us about his new play LAVA

Boy meets girl. Boy can’t talk to girl. Girl takes in the survivor of a natural disaster.

A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin is finding it hard to talk.

The only person who seems to notice is Rachel, who resolves to find out what’s troubling him and help him find his voice again.

But when Rach's family take in the articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin’s silence is no longer her first priority. How does it feel when the suffering of others seems more legitimate than our own?

Written by award-winning playwright James Fritz (Ross & Rachel, Parliament Square), LAVA rocks with raw emotion and sharp humour in this timely play about grief, masculinity and the power of expression.

"James Fritz’s work is current without straining for topicality. His plays have a knack of anticipating the zeitgeist, becoming more rather than less relevant over time."
The Guardian

About James

James's first full-length play, FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS, was runner-up of the Soho Theatre's 2013 Verity Bargate Award. It was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in 2015. It then won him the “Most Promising Playwright” prize at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards 2015.

His other plays include ROSS & RACHEL (“a virtuosic piece of writing” Time Out) which opened to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, and PARLIAMENT SQUARE, which won a Bruntwood Prize in 2015. He is the recipient of a 2016 residency at the BANFF playwrights Colony in Canada, and will also be on attachment to the National Theatre in 2016.

Artistic Team

  • Writer: James Fritz
  • Director: Angharad Jones
  • Associate Director: Laura Ford
  • Designer: Amy Jane Cook
  • Lighting Designer: Alexandra Stafford
  • Sound Designer:  Dan Balfour
  • AV Designer: Louise Rhoades-Brown
  • Dramaturg: Nic Wass
  • Casting Director:  Christopher Worrall

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